INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE / Communities, Career, Migrations – Women Artists in the Last Decades of the 19th Century

2021-10-08 - 2021-10-09

October 8, 2021, 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Live streaming

October 9, 2021, 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Live streaming

International conference accompanying the exhibition The Artist. Anna Bilińska 1854–1893

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The aim of the international conference is to expand on the themes undertaken by the creators of the exhibition “The Artist. Anna Bilińska 1854–1893” by placing the work of Anna Bilińska in the context of the professional experiences of her contemporary women artists. Of interest will be the strategies the women artists employed in wilfully building their position in the art world, with consideration for a series of socio-political determinants. We wish to focus not so much on the difficulties and limitations they struggled with but rather on the efficacy of their strategies.

A starting point for our discussions will be the subject of women artists’ migration connected with, among other things, the pursuit of professional opportunities – a fact that brought a truly transnational dimension to their careers.

Another subject of our analysis will be the international circumstances influencing the art of Bilińska’s contemporary women artists. Above all, we aim to accentuate the significance of the cooperation and friendships between them and the specificity of the environments and communities in which they worked and built their careers.

When: Friday, Saturday, 8–9 October 2021

Where: Cinema MUZ, the National Museum in Warsaw, Al. Jerozolimskie 3

Admission: Get on-line tickets or as at the ticket desk at the Museum

Transmission: Watch us on YouTube

Languages: English / Polish


Friday, October 8, 2021
Live streaming

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Live streaming




Friday, October 8th / 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

10.00 a.m.


10.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.

MIGRATION Vectors and the Transnational Nature of Women Artists’ Careers in the Final Three Decades of the 19th Century.
Chair: Agnieszka Rosales Rodríguez


Frances Borzello



Baiba Vanaga
Baltic Women Artists on the Map of Europe in the Second Half of the 19th Century.


Ewa Ziembińska

Are Women Artists Allowed to Sculpt? From Poland to Paris and Back – Artistic Routes of Polish Women Sculptors in the 19th Century.




12.15 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Lunch break


1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

COMMUNITIES. Circles of Friendship and First Professional Networks
Chair: Zofia Machnicka

Griselda Pollock

19th Century Paris as the 'Country of Women': Women Together and Women Alone Painting their Modern World.


Carina Rech

Emulation, Collaboration and Community: Nordic Women Painters in Paris in the 1880s.


2.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Coffee break


Catherine Gonnard

Friendship Networks of Women Artists in Anna Bilińska's Paris: Women Building Their Profession.


Renata Higersberger

Académie Julian in Paris, the Pioneering Work of Rodolphe Julian and a Generation of Eminent Female Students.





Saturday, October 9th / 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

09.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Building a Professional CAREER. Stylistic Positioning in the Work of Anna Bilińska and her Female Contemporaries.
Chair: Agnieszka Morawińska


Rachel Mader

Style and Friendship. Women Artists and the Parameters of Professional Biographies.


Ewa Bobrowska

Anna Bilińska and the New Landscape Painting Concepts in the Late 19th Century.


Michał Haake

Anna Bilińska’s Painting “Lady with Binoculars” and … a Dead Bird. An Attempt at Iconological Analysis.


11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Coffee break

12.00 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.

AUTONARRATION and AUTOPRESENTATION. Artistic Strategies in the Oeuvre of Anna Bilińska.
Chair: Agata Jakubowska


Lara Perry

Exchanging Views: Artist Portraits of, and by, Anna Bilińska.


Agnieszka Bagińska

Writing Herstory: Anna Bilińska’s Self Record-keeping of Her Work.


Discussion and Conclusion



Conference Partner: British Council


Conception and coordination: Zofia Machnicka

Consultation: Agnieszka Bagińska, Agata Jakubowska, Renata Higersberger

Realization: Alicja Latkowska, Marta Szymańska



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