Citylights [Wiener Frauen]Irene Andessner

Citylights [Wiener Frauen]

In the summer of 2008, Irene Andessner realized a citywide poster campaign of stylized portrait photos mounted in 400 “Citylight” displays. The subjects she chose for her twelve-part series were women of merit, legendary and by now almost forgotten female personalities from science, art, trade and industry, politics, and society from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, whom she impersonated and interpretively represented in pictures to bring them, in her own way, back to public notice. Oscillating between historiography and contemporary art, the project was accompanied by a series of lectures of historians and art curators and complemented with an urban walking tour to the places where the female protagonists lived. The life stories of the individual female personalities can be read up on at


400 “Citylight” displays in the Vienna area; project space karlsplatz der Kunsthalle Wien, 1040 Vienna

Further Information

Irene Andessner
*1954 in Salzburg (AT), lives and works in Vienna and Venice (IT).

Partners and sponsors
Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture, Municipal Department for Women’s Issues, Wien Kultur, Gewista, several private firms


Citylights [Wiener Frauen]Irene Andessner

Time Period

July 3 to September 3, 2008



Kunsthalle Wien