Hulda Zwingli is an anonymous collective of female artists from Zurich which scrutinizes and denounces sexual inequality in the art world and the public space. It was founded on 14 June 2019, women’s strike day, and has since published regular Instagram posts on the topic as well as staging actions in the public space. The label combines the first name of a historical Swiss art collector, Hulda Zumsteg (Kronenhalle), with the surname of the Zurich Reformer Zwingli. Ever since it was set up, Hulda Zwingli has criticized the Kunsthaus Zürich for the underrepresentation of female artists in its collection and programme. Now, the collective has delved into the stores and brought out some treasures by Alice Bailly, Amanda de Leon, Annie Stebler-Hopf, Else Thomann-Buchholz, Grandma Moses, Helen Dahm, Irmgard Micaela Burchard-Simaika, Lavinia Fontana, Margherita Osswald-Toppi, Maria Lassnig, Marianne von Werefkin, Mary Kelly and Sophie Schaeppi.
In combination with these, Hulda Zwingli is showing some snapshots of its own protest actions along with the works of like-minded contemporary artists (Alice K. Roberts, Andrea Ritter, Brigit Meier, Elisabeth Eberle, Ruth Righetti, Seline Fülscher and Ursina Roesch). A single historical loan – a work by Anne Marie Jehle (1937–2000) – complements the presentation.
Images: Hulda Zwingli, Installation view «ReCollect!», Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, Photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich