MUNTHE, WOMEN & ART

MUNTHE ART MONDAY

During the summer of 2020, in Denmark, a count was made of all artists who have been registered at The Royal Collection of Graphic Art - since the 1500's.

Approximately 240.000 works of art have been produced - created by 540 women and 11.000 men, respectively. That means that women artists make up less than 5%.

These figures speak for themselves, and can overall serve to highlight a fundamental issue in the world of art and the historical inequality it reflects.

At MUNTHE, our livelihood is our creativity and our sense of design. Creativity is for us, a very basic need to create something.

“As a creative person, I see opportunities in everything and I constantly open to new impressions. I can't be creative on schedule, but I am observant and curious by nature and channel my inspiration into my designs and collections. I allow myself to put forth my own, free interpretation of everything I see, experience, smell, hear, taste and feel. But creativity can also be used as a mouthpiece, and as a creative I take responsibility for creating dialogue about topics that are important to shed light on," says Naja Munthe.

Many, even the most recent, studies have repeatedly shown that female artists are significantly under-represented in art museums' collections, at exhibitions, at auctions and at galleries than their male counterparts.

Unfortunately, it is still a myth that the art world is inclusive. A new international survey shows that 98 percent of global art sales are works by male artists.

Both the Danish and the international contemporary art scene have lots of female artists, curators and art students. So why are they not exhibited, procured, preserved and exposed to a greater extent?

”At MUNTHE, we find it interesting - and important - to help put focus on female narratives in the art world. Both to highlight some of all these talented women, but also to draw attention to the gender imbalance,” - Naja Munthe. 

Therefore, each week, we will give exposure to a female artist and ask her central and relevant questions about her work, about being a performing artist, as well as the obvious inequality that is still seen in the art world.

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