The Klesch Collection is delighted to share multiple works with the wider public at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg and the Kunstmuseum in Basel as part of the dual-venue exhibition ‘Ingenious Women: Women artists and their companions’, curated by Dr Katrin Dyballa and Dr Bodo Brinkmann.
Bringing together 27 women artists and around 140 works, spanning the 16th to the 18th centuries, this exhibition traces the careers of outstanding women artists. With an innovative approach to the subject, it addresses the family context in which these women artists pursued their careers. During this early modern period, women artists were generally denied access to the guilds required to operate on a professional level. Many, if not all, women artists from these centuries came from or married into artistic families and, as a result, would spend their careers in the shadows of their fathers, husbands or brothers. This exhibition explores the rules and exceptions of the family ties in this gendered profession and juxtaposes the women’s work with that of their male relatives and fellow painters to emphasize stylistic likenesses and contrasts.
At the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, visitors can view our Portrait of Martini Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe by Michaelina Wautier, Still Life of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli by Lavinia Fontana and Madonna and Child by Elisabetta Sirani. These paintings, with the exception of the Sirani, will then travel on to the Kunstmuseum in Basel.
The exhibition is on view at the Bucerius Kunst Forum until 28 January 2024.