Gender in art
Danish Art 1870-1900
Art history is based on the myth of the free, creative genius – a role that women have not traditionally had the opportunity to take on.
Up until women were allowed to enter the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1888 they had only limited opportunities for artistic expression, and even after they entered the academic bastions, art history continued to be primarily written by and about men, and the museum institutions of posterity have had a tendency to overlook women.
Female artists, eroticised men, and masculine women
This means that in art history, women have typically acted as muses, aesthetic subject matter, or erotic objects. Fortunately, however, there are also other stories to tell: About female artists, eroticised men, and masculine women. This room addresses gender norms in art by showing examples of works and artists who break away from these norms in different ways.