First swiss retrospective for more than 80 years
Commemorative exhibitions of Roederstein’s work were staged in 1938 in Frankfurt, Zurich and Bern in recognition of her artistic legacy and tireless work as a mediator between Switzerland and Germany; but the rift opened up by the Second World War and the art world’s general focus on abstract painting caused Roederstein’s work to be forgotten. Now, her multifaceted oeuvre is waiting to be rediscovered in an overview exhibition in Switzerland. The retrospective at the Kunsthaus Zürich pays tribute to Roederstein’s remarkable career and locates her in the context of her time. It also coincides with the recent re-cataloguing of her estate. Among its documented findings is that Ottilie W. Roederstein was active not just as a painter but also as a promoter of women’s education, and was also a leading figure in an extensive network of free-spirited artists and intellectuals.
The exhibition is a cooperation between the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.
Curator: Sandra Gianfreda
Ottilie W. Roederstein, Self-portrait, 1917, Kunsthaus Zürich, Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde, 1917