Talk: Painting Women — Women Artists in the GDR

Event Details

July 5, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College

Room: E470

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

A talk by April Eisman, Iowa State University

There were many women artists in East Germany, in large part due to the GDR’s long-term emphasis on gender equality. This talk presents a handful of the most successful women painters, examines how they engaged with a medium traditionally defined by male interests and the female nude, and notes the challenges they faced working in a country that claimed a gender equality it had not achieved.


Painter Heidrun Hegewald

Malerin Heidrun Hegewald

(Germany, 1994, dir. Thomas Grimm, 40 min., color, doc.)

A 1994 interview with (East) German painter and graphic artist Heidrun Hegewald about her experiences with art commissions by the state.

Núria Quevedo: A Berliner from Barcelona

Núria Quevedo–eine Berlinerin aus Barcelona

(Germany, 2003, dir. Karlheinz Mund, 72 min., color, doc.)

A portrait of the Spanish painter Núria Quevedo, whose Republican family moved to East Germany in 1952. In her paintings she depicts themes of exile and rootlessness.