Maria Lassnig -
Ways of Being
Until 11 August 2019
Stedelijk Museum presents first survey of Maria Lassnig in the Netherlands.
The retrospective Maria Lassnig - Ways of Being is on view in the Stedelijk Museum from 6 April until 11 August 2019. The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) is internationally regarded as one of the leading artists of the twentieth century.
She made her name with her 'Körperbewusstseintbilder', or 'body awareness' paintings, in which she depicts the sensations experienced by her body, by means of which she defined her relationship to the world. When writing about this, she observed: "I searched for a reality that was more fully in my possession than the exterior world, and I found it waiting for me in the body house in which I dwell, the realest and clearest reality”. In addition to her paintings and drawings, the survey is remarkable for presenting a large selection of her films and sculptures, including works that have never been shown before. Maria Lassnig – Ways of Being features more than 200 loaned artworks, with key pieces such as Du oder Ich, Woman Power, Krankenhaus, Dame mit Hirn and her last self-portrait Selbstporträt mit Pinsel.
The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna in honor of the artist's hundredth birthday, and can be seen there from 6 September to 1 December 2019.