Lookout: Katharina Cibulka

A light-skinned white woman with short white hair stands in profile, tying white scrim with bright pink stitching to a metal pole.
Oct 14, 2022 to Feb 26, 2023

NMWA’s Lookout project presents commanding artworks across the scaffolding that surrounds the museum during its building renovation. Its second installation, Lookout: Katharina Cibulka, invites viewers to share their ideals and contemplate what equality looks like to them.

Austrian artist Katharina Cibulka will cover NMWA’s north-facing façade with one of her monumental “SOLANGE” (German for “as long as”) works, a series that addresses gender-based inequity and social power structures. In vivid pink tulle on white mesh fabric, Cibulka and her team cross-stitch poetic and witty declarations, such as “As long as the art market is a boys’ club, I will be a feminist,” “As long as he makes the cash while I work for change, I will be a feminist,” and “As long as women’s power is an underrated energy source, I will be a feminist.” For more information, explore the SOLANGE website.

For each of Cibulka’s site-specific “SOLANGE” works, the artist considers the local environment and community while developing the phrase for that location. She seeks public input to understand the concerns of community members and neighbors. Previous statements have addressed topics such as income inequality, family structures, abuse of power, and the art world. Cibulka’s work at NMWA, which will be unveiled during the October opening, will be crafted to reflect the museum’s mission and to resonate with our neighbors in Washington, D.C., as well as our network of members and friends.

Through Lookout, NMWA continues to champion women through the arts, while also signaling the powerful transformation underway within the building. Lookout: Katharina Cibulka will be the artist’s first installation in the United States.

A light-skinned woman with short, platinum blonde hair stands on scaffolding attaching a very large panel of white gauzy material with “Solange Gleichberechtigung eine ewige Baustelle ist, bin ich Feministin” stitched in bright pink lettering to the bars of the scaffold. In the background you can see a bight blue sky and snow capped mountain.

Katharina Cibulka with SOLANGE #3, Innsbruck/Austria (installation view), 2018; Scaffolding net, tulle, and cable ties, 98 1/2 x 41 ft.; Courtesy of the artist; © Katharina Cibulka; Photo by Ferdinand Cibulka

Exhibition Sponsors

Lookout: Katharina Cibulka is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and generously supported by its members.