Conference: Crossing Borders

Transnational networks of Pioneering Women Artists

The focus of this seminar and the related research project is on pioneering women artists who were active in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Baltic countries, Poland, Romania and Germany in the long nineteenth century. You can also follow the conference online.

  • 28.9.2023 at 10–16
  • 29.9.2023 at 10–16
in English, online event
Ateneum Hall
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Fanny Churberg: Alpine Lake (1872). Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

A scientific conference open to the public

The seminar aims to examine the opportunities women artists had to study and work in their home countries, but also their opportunities to travel abroad. Thus, it highlights especially the connections and networks these artists had or built with Germany. The principal German cities in this respect are Düsseldorf, Dresden, Berlin, Munich, Karlsruhe and Weimar.

Besides the gender, the aspect of centre and periphery in different fields of art and culture is also essential here. In the nineteenth century, Germany constituted a centre whereas the Nordic and the Baltic countries, as well as Poland and Romania, were regarded as peripheries in the field of arts, culture and science. Here the concept of periphery is understood as a geographical spatial element that is outside the centre. It is noteworthy though that there were centres and peripheries within each country, and the juxtaposition also concerned their mutual relationships.

The approach of this project is mainly art historical but also cultural-historical, and the topic is examined from the perspectives of education, networks, travel, and transnationalism.

The conference is held in English and it is open to the public with a museum ticket.



1: Thursday 28 September 2023

10.15 – 10.30 Opening and welcoming words by Marja Sakari, Director, Ateneum Art Museum

Session 1

Moderator: Natalie Gutgesell

10.30 – 11.00 Anne-Maria Pennonen: Düsseldorf as an international hub for Finnish women artists

11.00 – 11.30 Kathrin DuBois and Nina Köppert: Missing in history. Women artists in Düsseldorf 1819-1919

11.30 – 12.00 Marcell Perse: Women Artists and the Düsseldorf school of landscape painting

From Schirmer to Dücker

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch break

Session 2

Moderator: Kathrin DuBois

13.30 – 14.00 Andreas Dehmer: Pioneering, polarizing, poeticising: Life and travels of the Swedish landscape painter Evelina Stading

14.00 – 14.30 Hanne Selkokari: Eva Ingman and Dresden

14.30 ­– 15.00 Coffee break

Session 3

Moderator: Hanna-Leena Paloposki

15.00 – 15.30 Sine Krogh: Paving the way? Reflections on artist identity, nationality and gender in the case of Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann

15.30 – 16.00 Liisa Lindgren: Aline Forsman, “A Forgotten Sculptress”

Moderator: Liisa Lindgren                        

16.15 – 17.15 Keynote Yvette Deseyve: Pioneering Women Artists – an Omission of Art History?

2: Friday 29 September 2023

Session 4

Moderator: Hanne Selkokari

10.15 – 10.45 Agnieszka Bagínska: ‘A great historical act is missing here […]’. Magdalena Andrzejkowicz

between the Munich and the Polish school of history painting

10.45 – 11.15 Oana Maria Ciontu: Education and networking: travelling Romanian and Transylvanian Saxon women artists of the nineteenth century

11.15 – 11.45 Natalie Gutgesell: Dora Hitz: The first Romanian court painter and her female networks

11.45 – 13.00 Lunch break

Session 5

Moderator: Anne-Maria Pennonen

13.00 – 13.30 Baiba Vanaga: Baltic Women Artists in German Artists’ Colonies in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

13.30 – 14.00 Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe: Spaces of possibilities: Swedish women artists in Germany in the early twentieth century

14.00 – 14.30 Hanna-Leena Paloposki: Possibilities and Challenges in Tracing Women Artists and Their Networks from the Letter Metadata in the Constellations of Correspondence Project

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00Final discussion and next steps of the research project

Closing of the seminar

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