During her lifetime, Ottilie W. Roederstein (1859 – 1937) was a successful and independent painter whose portraits and still lifes were highly regarded in Switzerland and Germany but who also, from 1883 onwards, showed her paintings to great acclaim in Paris.

First monographic presentation


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In 1912 she was the only female artist representing Switzerland at the seminal international art exhibition of the Sonderbund in Cologne – alongside male colleagues including Giovanni Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler and Cuno Amiet.

Yet despite her considerable international renown, Roederstein lapsed into obscurity almost immediately after her death. More than eighty years on, the exhibition of some sixty works at the Kunsthaus Zürich is the first monographic presentation in Switzerland to place this artist’s stylistically diverse oeuvre once again before a wider audience.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main.

Curator: Sandra Gianfreda


Image above:

Ottilie W. Roederstein, Self-portrait, 1917, Kunsthaus Zürich, Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde, 1917