Photo: Margret Hoppe "Thilo Schoder, Frauenklinik Gera III, 2017" f.d.s. "Underexposed Modernity", VG Bildkunst Bonn

What our strength is - Fifty women artists from the GDR

Curated by artist Andrea Pichl, the exhibition features works by fifty female artists from three generations born in the GDR. In different genres, the artists deal with multi-layered themes. Some were already active before 1989. However, the exhibition is not dedicated to a narrative of the GDR or a historicization of art from the GDR, but to biographies and the question of how thematic approaches are shaped by them.

Tina Bara, Ina Bierstedt, Antje Blumenstein, Peggy Buth, Nadja Buttendorf, Yvon Chabrowski, Annedore Dietze, Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt, Else Gabriel, Katrin Glanz, Henriette Grahnert, Jana Gunstheimer, Sabine Herrmann, Elke Hopfe, Margret Hoppe, Beate Hornig, Uta Hünniger, Lisa Junghanß, Christina Kral, Betina Kuntzsch, Ulrike Kuschel, Alex Lebus, Ingeborg Lockemann, Wiebke Loeper, Jana Müller, Ulrike Mundt, Henrike Naumann/Susanne Rische, Helga Paris, Andrea Pichl, Katja Pudor, Franziska Reinbothe, Inken Reinert, Sabine Reinfeld, Sophie Reinhold, Ricarda Roggan, Jenny Rosemeyer, Christine Schlegel, Luise Schröder, Wenke Seemann, Gabriele Stötzer, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Anett Stuth, Ulrike Theusner, Manuela Warstat, Suse Weber, Saskia Wendland, Kristin Wenzel, Eva-Maria Wilde, Karla Woisnitza/Ingartan und Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

Essays by female curators, art historians and artists from the GDR are republished in a collection of texts and will contextualize the exhibition: Angelika Richter, Dr. Hiltrud Ebert, Elske Rosenfeld, Charlotte Misselwitz, Else Gabriel and Suse Weber

Curation: Andrea Pichl with the assistance of Sylvia Sadzinski
The exhibition is running from September 3 – October 30, 2022
Opening: September 2, 2022, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Uhr
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin
Opening hours
Sunday until Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Thrusday until Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
free entry
Accompanying program
Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m.
Jana Hensel in conversation with Andrea Pichl and Else Gabriel
Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.
"The Dark Side of the GDR" - Scenic Reading with Grit Diaz de Arce and Bibiana Malay
Thursday, September 29, 7 p.m.
Katharina Warda reads from "Der Ort, aus dem ich komme, heißt Dunkeldeutschland"
(The place where I come from is called Dunkeldeutschland)

Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m.
Film screening "Fünf Sterne" (Five Stars) (D 2017, Director: Annekatrin Hendel)

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Film screening "Partisan" (D 2018, Director: Adama Ulrich, Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert)

Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Katja Lange-Müller reads from "Drehtür" (Revolving Door).
Sunday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Film screening "Im Stillen laut" (Silently loud) (D 2019, directed by Therese Koppe) and
discussion with Therese Koppe, Erika Stürmer-Alex and Christine Müller-Stosch.

Andrea Pichl will give a guided tour trough the exhibition at 6 p.m. for each event.

"What our strength is" is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe: the Kommunale Galerien Fonds (KOGA), the Fonds für Ausstellungsvergütungen (FABIK) as well as the Bezirkskulturfonds (BKF) and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (HKF).