Emancipation through art applies especially to those female artists who focused on painting at the end of the 19th century. At that time none of the art academies accepted women as students. Nevertheless, a growing number of women successfully gained ground in the world of art which was dominated by men. The Berlin Secession, founded in 1898, was a movement of artists who first accepted female members.
The exhibition “Women of the Secession II” will revive a presentation of female artists displayed in 2012 in the Liebermann-Villa. The show will focus on four artists: Julie Wolfthorn, Charlotte Berend-Corinth, Maria Slavona and Augusta von Zitzewitz. It will present the most important topics of their oeuvre. Their artistic activity may be regarded as an early example of female emancipation from social norms and conventions.