Prints & Multiples
Takeaway artist publication
10.5 x 14.8 Size (cm)
4.1 x 5.8 Size (in)The admittance of women to the University of Basel was a rather belated development; it wasn’t until 1890 that women were permitted to study there. The first time a woman became an associate professor was in 1928, the first appointment of a woman to a bona fide professorship only came in 1964. The historic lecture room of the Basel University is decorated with 102 paintings depicting former professors and researchers. The last portrait was added to the gallery in 1914, guaranteeing the palpable absence of the female scientist.
It is the practice of Belgian artist Sophie Nys to explore themes like history, politics, and culture. In this takeaway artist publication 102 craters on Venus, she examines the historic exclusion of the achievements of female scientists by preeminent institutions of higher learning.