Women Artists' Life in Exile


It's been a fact of life, proven by history, that women have it harder than men. The statement is general, for the majority of the aspects experienced applies to the notion.

In this show in Salzburg, Austria is an exploration of four women who were compelled to emigrate and rebuild their lives and careers. Ellen Auerbach, Grete Stern, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, and Elly Niebuhr all lived their lives and careers obscured.

Images by Grete Stern and ringl+pit

The photographer duo ringl+pit, pseudonym referring to Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach were photographers with professional studios in the Weimar Republic. Their creative collaboration complemented each other very well. They both went into exile in 1933, with Auerbach in New York and Stern in Buenos Aires.

Interior designer Friedl Dicker-Brandeis had set up a studio in Berlin and Vienna, specializing in her field. she escaped to Prague in 1934 and became a realist painter and teacher, where she would teach art classes to children. Her last works were created in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Images by Elly Niebuhr

Elly Niebuhr was apprenticed as a sewing pattern designer and studied chemistry. IN 1936, she went into training in Hella Katz's photography studio and captured housing projects and social care providers of Red Vienna. She emigrated to New York, 1938, returned to Austria and 1947 and became a famous fashion photographer.

Visit the ongoing show Up/Rooted: Four Women Artists in Exile at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg.

The show will run through October 29.

Images are from the press kit.

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