Elzbieta Jabłonska (Poland), Super Mother, 2002, Photography / Fotografie, 100 x 150 cm, Courtesy of the artist, © Elzbieta Jabłonska
Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe presents 400 works by 200 artists from 24 countries in Eastern and Southeast Europe. The massive exhibition, which is spread out over four floors of MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, features painting, sculpture, installations, photography, posters, films, and videos. Most of the work has never been exhibited before in the West and rarely seen in shows in Eastern Europe.
Standouts in the exhibition include Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe’s self-portrait as Marilyn Monroe; Marina Abramovic video Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful, in which she forcefully brushes her hair; Boris Mikhailov‘s tender photographs from his 1960s Suzi et Cetera series of common women in the Ukraine; and Elzbieta Jabłonska’s Super Mother series, in which the mother is Superman, Batman, and Spiderman.
Nearly impossible to fully comprehend in even a whole day of viewing, Gender Check is accompanied by a 400-page catalogue that delves deeper into the issues.
Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe is on view at MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna through February 14.
Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe (Russia), Monroe, 1996, Offset print, 75 x 60 cm, Courtesy XL Gallery, Moscow © Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe
Rovena Agolli (Albania), In All My Dreams, It Never Is Quite as It Seems, 2002 Digital print, 80 x 60 cm, Courtesy of the artist, © Rovena Agolli
Marina Abramovic (Serbia), Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful, 1975, Video performance, 14:14 min, © Marina Abramovic
Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Olympia, 1996, 1 Photo, 120,5 x 180 x 2 cm, Courtesy Collection of Barbara Kabala-Bonarska and Andrzej Bonarski, on deposit in the National Museum in Cracow © Katarzyna Kozyra
Petra Varl (Slovenia), Zvezda and Odeon, 2009, Wallpainting, 205 x 137cm, © Petra Varl
Izabella Gustowska (Poland), Sacrifice I - from the cycle Relative Similarities, 1989-1990, Mixed technic on canvas (photograph, oil) / 223 x 166 x 12 cm, Courtesy Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu © Izabella Gustowska
Boris Mikhailov (Ukraine), Photo from the series: Suzi et cetera, 1960s, Courtesy of the artist, © VBK Wien, 2009