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Women Fashion Photographers from Modernity to the Digital Age – Museum Schloss Moyland | 24.09.2022-15.01.2023

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The exhibition focuses on women’s fashion photography, which is often unjustly neglected. This medium has been shaped for decades by female photographers, most of whom have worked for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, influencing the style of their time as well as other artists.

Abb. oben: Nadine Barth, Eugenie Shinkle und Diana Weis

Many of the female fashion photographers on display are still little known to the general public. The focus of many exhibitions on fashion photography has so far concentrated on the male view of the female body. Yet the viewers of these images are mostly female.

In this context, we can also trace the social and political changes that have taken place in the body images and fashions of the various decades. Today’s fashion image production is more diverse than it was in the 20th century.

The list of names of the women photographers presented at Museum Schloss Moyland reads like a “who’s who” of fashion photography. From Deborah Turbeville, Yva (Else Ernestine Neuländer-Simon, Jewish-German photographer, murdered in the Sobibor death camp in 1942), Lee Miller, Regina Relang, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Sibylle Bergmann (one of the most successful photographers of the GDR), Lillian Bassman, Madame D’Ora, GABO, Ingeborg Hoppe, Liv Liberg, Ute Mahler, Charlotte March, Sarah Moon, Amber Pinkerton, Bettina Rheims, Charlotte Rohrbach, Alice Springs and Ellen von Unwerth.

Female View is presented on the so-called Beuys floor. Early drawings by Joseph Beuys on “fashion themes” (textile patterns, clothing designs, shoes, hangers) as well as a participatory (selfie) offering on artistic self-dramatisation by means of clothing and fashion (hat, waistcoat, fur coat) will be part of the show.

The exhibition is curated by the museum’s new artistic director, Dr Antje-Britt Mählmann. She says: “The area in which we are now presenting the women fashion photographers was previously reserved exclusively for the art of Joseph Beuys. My idea is to break up this structure 2 / 2 and give new impulses in these spaces. This kaleidoscope of different themes will bring Beuys into a lively, new and surprising dialogue. I hope that this joy in the play of themes will also be transmitted to our visitors.

Julia Niggemann M.A., Managing Director of the museum, adds: “The Female View exhibition brings new facets to Moyland in many ways: the fascinating world of fashion photography, the focus on the outstanding female artists behind the camera, glamour and internationality. As a cultural and meeting place, Museum Schloss Moyland offers many wonderful experiences for the whole family with its exhibitions, the events and workshops, the café, the castle and the large park with the tree house landscape.”


24. September 2022 until 15. January 2023


Museum Schloss Moyland
Am Schloss 4
47551 Bedburg-Hau

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