Hall Art Foundation
Für Barbara
Curated by Leo Koenig
July 2017 - October 2018

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition, Für Barbara, to be held at its Schloss Derneburg location in honor of recently deceased gallerist Barbara Weiss. A lifelong advocate for women in the arts, Weiss was also a friend of the Hall's and inspired the inclusion of many works by female artists in the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. The exhibition, curated by Leo Koenig, includes over 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, works on paper and videos by an international and multi-generational roster of female artists dating from the 1950s to 2017.


In and beyond her gallery, Barbara advocated for women of all generations and in all positions in the arts. Her calm resolve and unruffled tenacity never overshadowed the self-determination of her artists, or eclipsed the autonomy of their work. With this exhibition, we celebrate a woman who subtly challenged the status quo by introducing ideas that would have been deemed revolutionary were they presented by any other person. The radical was an everyday occurrence with Barbara, because she presented it as fundamental.

- Leo Koenig


Für Barbara includes works by Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Angela Bulloch, Sarah Crowner, Judy Dater, Rineke Dijkstra, Maria Eichhorn, Nicole Eisenman, Tracey Emin, Anoka Faruqee, Lara Favaretto, Ceal Floyer, Dara Friedman, Sonia Gechtoff, Nan Goldin, Marcia Hafif, Mona Hatoum, Mary Heilmann, Carmen Herrera, Candida Höfer, Jenny Holzer, Jacqueline Humphries, Bethan Huws, Karen Kilimnik, Barbara Kruger, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano, Aleksandra Mir, Rebecca Morris, Aurélie Nemours, Lydia Okumura, Catherine Opie, Silke Otto-Knapp, Joyce Pensato, Martha Rosler, Laurie Simmons, Lily van der Stokker, Elaine Sturtevant, Betty Tompkins, Rebecca Warren, and Anicka Yi.

Barbara Weiss was born in the town of Schwandorf, Germany in 1960. After studying philosophy and art history at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1980–84, she co-founded Galerie Wewerka Weiss in Berlin with Michael J. Wewerka in the late 1980s. In 1992, she opened Galerie Barbara Weiss on Berlin’s Potsdamer Straße, which moved to Zimmerstraße at Checkpoint Charlie in 2001, and finally to Kohlfurter Straße Forty-one/Forty-three in 2011. Weiss was married to curator and former director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Kasper Koenig. After suffering from a long illness, Weiss died in Berlin on 31 December 2016. Today, Galerie Barbara Weiss continues its ambitious and groundbreaking exhibition program, and to be a vital resource for artists, critics, collectors and curators.


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For more information and images, please contact the Foundation’s administrative office at + 1 802 952 1056 or info@hallartfoundation.org.



Nicole Eisenman
Subway 2, 2016
Oil on canvas
83 x 66 in. (211 x 167.5 cm)
Hall Collection
Courtesy Hall Art Foundation
© Nicole Eisenman