“Off to Munich!” wrote the artist Gabriele Münter in her diary in 1901 on hearing of the Women’s Art Academy. In the late 19th century Munich ranked alongside Paris as Europe’s leading centre for the arts, but at the same time the education of women was in a state of major upheaval: access to academic education was at best erratic for females.
This year’s exhibition Off to Munich! Craftswomen of Today, organised by the Bavarian Society of Arts and Crafts, explored the question of how modern-day craftswomen live in Munich. Fifteen females gave visitors some insights into their vocational and artistic development, motivation and thoughts.
The architecture for this exhibition put women firmly in the focus, with life-sized portraits giving some indication as to the character traits of the individuals exhibiting at the event. The exhibition space, which was designed in yellow and black, the colours of the city of Munich, provided a platform for their stories and works.