INTAKT – History
The launching of INTAKT goes back to the year of the women in 1975. It was then that the correspondence between Christa Hauer, Angelika Kaufmann and Minister of Education, Fred Sinowatz, who at the time was responsible for the arts.
They asked for an equal representation of the domain of art to mark the occasion of the year of the women and a big exhibition planned during that year. Their request was denied.
Proposals to better the social situation of the female artists have not been pursuit with the information that this is not within the scope of competence of the ministry.
A promised research assignment was converted into a trivial subvention.
This unacceptable situation was reason enough to go public. 1976 the instigators invited to a press conference in the Modern Art Galerie von Grita Insam. In 1977 the launching of INTAKT took place here as well.
A flat in the Griechenbeisl-Haus became the first meeeting place and also an exhibition space until 1988.
The activities of the early days consisted of cultural political initiatives, statements and events which called the attention to the situation of the female artists (retirement pension insurance, cooling period, acquisition and prices, assignment of female professors)
At the same time INTAKT female artists were supported in their work because of the joint approach to be better perceived by the Austrian art public. Likewise was the exchange with female artists from other countries one of the key aspects of INTAKT: the principal of competition, specified by society has been given lower priority by the artists in order to allow for better working- and living conditions.