National Museum of Women in the Arts
Annegret Soltau
1946 - present
Photograph of Annegret Soltau, courtesy of the artist. © Annegret Soltau / Günther Wellisch
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
ANN-eh-greht ZOL-tow
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Performance Art , Photography
Artistic Role(s):
Etcher, Painter, Performance Artist, Photographer, Photomontagist, Video Artist
Feminist Art
Artist's Statement:
“My main interest is the integration of bodily changes in my work in order to connect body and spirit as equal parts”

“For me it is important to gain more authenticity and directness through self-representation, but it is even more important, that I can go farthest with myself”

“When I tear out the face of my own portrait, it is not the aspect of destruction which interests me, but I want to find new meanings and significant connections”

(Annegret Soltau)

Annegret Soltau was born in Lüneburg in 1946. From 1967-72 she studied with H. Thiemann, K.Kranz, Rudolf Hausner and David Hockney at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany, and in 1972 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 1973 she received a DAAD scholarship for Milan, Italy. Since 1973 she has freelanced, first in the sphere of painting and graphic arts, then from 1975 in actions and first photo and video works. In 1982 she was awarded a working scholarship by the Arts Society of Bonn, in 1986-87 she received the Villa Massimo prize in Rome, Italy, in 1999 the Maria Sybilla Merian Prize and in 2000 the Wilhelm-Loth-prize of the City of Darmstadt, where she is living. A retrospective exhibition of Soltau`s work was be shown at the exhibition halls of Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt in spring 2006.

From 2007-2009 she took part in the historic exhibition WACK! Art and The Feminist Revolution at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Calif., the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., PS1, N.Y., and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.

Statement courtesy of the artist

Place(s) of Residence:
Where Trained/Schools:
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria (1972) Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany (1967-1972)
Related Visual Artists:
student of Rudolf Hausner student of David Hockney student of Kurt Kranz student of Hans Thiemann
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Scholarship, Villa Massimo Prize, Rome, Italy (1986-1987) Scholarship, Arts Society of Bonn, Bonn, Germany (1982) Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Berlin, Germany (1973)
Earliest exhibition:
Junge Darmstädter, Darmstadt, Germany (1969)
NMWA exhibition(s):
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Artist retrospective(s):
Annegret Soltau: Ich selbst, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany (2006)