This series organised by the Cultural Advisor for Transylvania informs about remarkable artistic accomplishments by women from Eastern Europe and brings their innovative work more into the public eye. Many of these artists found a new home in Germany in the course of the 20th century. Through their visual works, they have shaped the regional and national art scene and their voices continue to influence the processes of education and understanding in our society. Last but not least, drawing from life experiences in their former homelands, they provide encouragement and rich impulses to contemplate Europe in all of its diversity.
The lecture series is conceived as an ongoing program that is constantly being expanded to include new protagonists and topics. It is aimed at a broad audience and takes place in cooperation with museums, libraries, associations, and adult education centers. So far, the focus has been on the artists Grete Csaki-Copony, Margarete Depner, Käthe Kollwitz, Renée Sintenis and Pomona Zipser. The spectrum of topics, which always serve to showcase the work of the respective artist, ranges from questions of artistic self-design to social networking in the European metropolises. The artists' often very controversial confrontations with and responses to the work of other artists also plays an important role, for example Käthe Kollwitz’s critical examination of the literary work of Gerhard Hauptmann and Emile Zola.