Delphine Deguislage, Beyonce, 2014, Poster, ed. 100, 70 × 50 cm


(v.l.n.r.) Vera Hilger, Jeanne Claude, Sali Muller, Casaluce Geiger, Esther Liégeois.
© Ludovic Beillard


4/10 –A Critical Inventory of the IKOB Collection


Marie-France Bonmariage, Ellen Brusselmans, Jeanne-Claude, Johanna Deiglmayr-Buchholz, Delphine Deguislage, Lili Dujourie, Margret Eicher, Karin Frank, Casaluce Geiger, Denise Gilles, Laurence Gonry, Maria Hasemeier-Eulenbruch, Vera Hilger, Irmel Kamp, Stefanie Klingemann, Marie-Claire Krell, Sophie Langohr, Andrea Lehnert, Barbara Leisgen, Esther Liégeois, Lilith Love, Sylvie Macías Díaz, Nora Mertes, Beatrice Minda, Karin Missy Paule, Tanja Mosblech, Yvonne Mostard, Sali Muller, Chloé Op de Beeck, Tímea Anita Oravecz, Tinka Pittoors, Andrea Radermacher-Mennicken, Jana Rusch, Bärbel Schulte Kellinghaus, Alice Smeets, Merlin Spie, Catharina van Eetvelde, Marlies Vermeulen (Dear Hunter), Sophie Whettnall, Denyse Willem

Opening: 30.06.2019, 17:00

With regard to the equal treatment of female and male artists, 2019 is apparently turning out to be a year of reappraisal at several art- and culture-institutions. For example, for twelve months starting this April the Tate Modern in London is exclusively featuring female artists from its own collection. Through a focus on works of art by women, which are exhibited percentage-wise far less frequently than those by men, female artists are to be more strongly represented and their contribution to art history is to be more appropriately acknowledged. There are also projects such as these outside the visual arts. Thus the Karlsruhe State Theatre is hiring only female directors for the 2018/19 season. The IKOB is likewise seeking to make its contribution to an endeavour that is actually long overdue. We engaged in a closer analysis of our collection and investigated the question as to how many works of art came from women and how many from men. It turned out that exactly 40% of the works in the collection were done by women. Four out of ten is not a bad ratio in comparison to other museums, whose percentage seems to be stuck at around 25%. In comparison, between 2009 and 2011 the share of works by female artists purchased by museums in North Rhine-Westphalia was no more than 28%, and only 22% of all solo exhibitions receiving financial support from that German state were by female artists. Why is this low percentage surprising? Because for decades the share of women at German art academies has been constantly over 60%; and with regard to the art prizes awarded by the state, there is at least an even distribution between women and men. But as soon as it is a matter of participation in exhibitions at galleries, museums and art associations, it is striking that women lag behind men with shocking regularity. If one then examines the list of the most commercially successful artists, it becomes evident that the number of top earners who are women continues to be infinitesimally small.

Since a reappraisal can only take place there where people are aware of this differentiation, the exhibition 4/10, A Critical Inventory of the IKOB Collection, constitutes the beginning of an endeavour to do justice to the female artists from our collection with regard to contents, and to support their contributions to the uniqueness of the (East-)Belgian art scene by bringing those creations to light. For that reason, the motto of the moment is ‘men into storage, women into the museum.

The exhibition is conceived as an invitation to communication: above all between the IKOB and the female artists represented in its collection, but also among visitors, both female and male, who have not seen many of these works of art for a long time or possibly never at all.


Sali Muller, The Imperceptible Self , 2016, Installation (roughened mirror, sound), 80 × 60 × 3 cm

Exhibition view

Denise Gilles, 186, 2007-2015, Oil / Linen / Wood, 81,5 × 75,5 cm

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard


Barbara Leisgen ( & Michael Leisgen), Phoenix, 1982-1998, 2 colour photos - Cibachrome on aluminium, Ed. 2\3, 50 × 100 cm

Exhibition view,

(from left to right) Maria Hasemeier-Eulenbruch with three red chalk drawings on paper
/ Lili Dujourie, Homage to ... IV,1972, Video, 26"51", Edition 4/36
/ Laurence Gonry, El Martien y el Sex, 2003, silkscreen 2/9, 110 × 80 cm and Katie Eyes, 2003, silkscreen 2/9, 110 × 80 cm

Exhibition view,

Merlin Spie, Self-Stained Greed, 2003, Installation, PVC sleeves, wooden trestle, hoses, dimensions variable
© Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Tanja Mosblecch, Mrs. Tree 1 - 3, 2019, oil on canvas, 100 × 70 cm
© Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard


Lilith Love, Who's coming to Dinner?, 2009, Lambda print on aluminium under acrylic glass Ed. 1/1, 130 × 86,52 cm


Karin Frank, Regelsau, 2005, wooden sculpture, 46 × 18 × 17 cm


Jana Rusch, Green fields and urban structures, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 180 × 150 cm

Exhibition view,

Stefanie Klingemann, Vote for me, 2007-2009, series of 4 posters / offset printing, 76 × 59 cm
© Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Bärbel Schulte Kellinghaus, Homage to Michelangelo and the Unfinished, 2006, 3 limewood sculptures on iron shelf, 211 × 204 × 54 cm
© Ludovic Beillard


Jeanne-Claude (Christo & Jeanne-Claude), TThe Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City), 2001, lithograph, 82 × 62 cm

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

View of the collection, IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013, (c) Serge Cloot


Alice Smeets, After the quake, 2010, fine art prints laminated on Dibond, Ed. 1/15, 60 × 90 cm

Exhibition view,

(in the front) Esther Liégeois, Untitled, ca. 2008, Blackened Earth, sculpture group, consisting of 15 parts
© Ludovic Beillard


Sophie Langohr, Untitled, Original picture: Statue of a Saint by Jan van Stefferweert, 1509, Colour photography & oak sculpture based on the shape of the back cavity of "Piéta", 2016
Polychrome carved wood, late 16th century, Liège, Grand Curtius, 2018


Andrea Lehnert, The Bath 5, 2015, oil on canvas, 105 × 140cm

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard


Vera Hilger, Untitled, 2009, oil and tempera on canvas, 180 × 210 cm


Andrea Radermacher-Mennicken, Untitled, natural stone and skipping rope, 2018, stone 27 × 21 × 19 cm, rope 3 m


Tinka Pittoors, Retroactive continity, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 140 × 90 cm

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard


Laurence Gonry, Katie Eyes, 2003, Silkscreen 2/9, 110 × 80 cm

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard


Marie-France Bonmariage, Meuse 4, 2003, Lithograph Ed. 1/7, 56 × 61,5× 2,5 cm


Ellen Brusselmans, Untitled, 2002, photo on aluminium Ed.1/3, 87 × 116 cm


Esther Liégeois, Untitled, ca. 2008, iron, 131,5 × 24 × 20 cm

Exhibition view,

© Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Irmel Kamp, from the series: Buildings clad with zinc sheeting in East Belgium, 1979-1981, Silver gelatine print, 40 × 33 cm
© Ludovic Beillard


Denyse Willem, The Death, 1989, acrylic on paper, 76,4 × 57 cm


Maria Hasemeier-Eulenbruch, Christ figure with Catherine of Siena, around 1970, red chalk drawing on paper, 20 × 11 cm


Sylvie Macías Díaz, Jumping doll, 2019, Installation (different materials), Dimensions variable