Nina Schedlmayer: Art Biography. Margot Pilz. Leben. Kunst.

Book launch
30/6 2021 6 pm

Book presentation with reading followed by a talk with the artist and the author, moderated by Anne Faucheret, curator Kunsthalle Wien.

As a child, the artist Margot Pilz, born 1936 in Haarlem, the Netherlands, survived the atrocities of a Japanese internment camp on Java. Today, she is a celebrated pioneer of feminist art. Since the 1970s, her photography and installations have explored topics that are no less relevant in the twenty-first century: care work, gender pay gap, and women’s self-determination. Upon invitation of Kunsthalle Wien, she restaged her Hausfrauendenkmal (Monuments to Housewives) from 1979 in the framework of KISS in 2020. Her early digital works and numerous installations in public space firmly anchor Margot Pilz in the history of contemporary art.

The journalist and art critic Nina Schedlmayer recently completed Pilz’ biography (Art Biography. Margot Pilz. Leben. Kunst., Leykam Verlag, 2021), in which she investigates how her experiences in life influenced her path as an artist. She describes how Pilz has surmounted the hurdles that confronted ambitioned women of her generation and how she became a feminist.

The book presentation takes place in the framework of KISS. KISS is a multifaceted long-term project in public space initiated by Kunsthalle Wien right after the first COVID-19 wave in spring 2020. In this program series artists are invited to deal with the implications that the pandemic and the corresponding social distancing measures have on intimacy, desires, and social life. With contributions by Eva Egermann, Thomas Geiger, Rade Petrasevic, Margot Pilz, and Johanna Tinzl.

The number of participants for this book presentation is limited to 30 people. Please register until June 29 at by including the subject line “Registration for the book presentation”.

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