The exhibition Woman Power at the Uffizi Gallery’s sister-museum in Palazzo Pitti is the first-ever museum solo exhibition of Maria Lassnig’s work in Italy, where she received one of the world’s most prestigious lifetime achievement awards—the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale—in 2013. This exhibition and its catalogue contain individual works from the Maria Lassnig Foundation but otherwise almost exclusively feature loan works from the Albertina; most of these come from the Essl Collection, which was placed in the Albertina’s care as a permanent loan in February. Maria Lassnig – Woman Power shows paintings from five decades, ranging from Lassnig’s body awareness paintings of the 1960s to the more realistic works of her New York period, as well as examples of her formidable late oeuvre.
It is a little-known fact that the Uffizi Gallery’s collection includes numerous self-portraits by women created from the 17th century onward (including one by Maria Lassnig from 1981), and it is also home to Europe’s largest holdings of 19th-century artworks by women. For Eike Schmidt, the new director of the Uffizi – Palazzo Pitti, this Maria Lassnig exhibition embodies both a feminist statement and the beginning of a long-running series.
Opening: March 24, 2017, 1pm; duration: March 25 – June 25, 2017; Andito degli Angiolini, Palzzo Pitti, Florence
Curated by Wolfgang Drechsler