LGBTQ Exhibition Spaces

European Exhibition Spaces

Schwules Museum*, Berlin, Germany. The Schwules Museum* has, since its founding in 1985, grown into one of the world’s largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of GLBTIQ communities. Changing exhibitions and events take diverse approaches to lesbian, gay, trans*, bisexual and queer biographies, themes and concepts in history, art and culture.

The Unstraight Museum, Sweden. A group of people connected to museums either by working in, or by visiting, or just by loving museums and collections, decided in 2007 to do something about the fact that most museums neglect to tell the stories of Unstraight people, and started to form a new museum focused on collective collecting: The Unstraight Museum. The collection of the Unstraight Museum is an online collection of images and stories. This museum does not collect physical artifacts.

Museums dedicated to Invididual Queer Women Artist in Europe

Claude Cahun
In the Art Gallery of Jersey Museum you will find works by Claude Cahun, recognised worldwide as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement and a lesbian. Jersey Museum cares for one of the largest collections of Claude Cahun’s work, which comprises photographs, original manuscripts, first editions, books and other personal material.  Download the museum’s illustrated articles (pdf) about artists and lesbian couple Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. The paper about Marcel Moore includes a series of her drawings, which you may not be familiar with.

Rosa Bonheur
The Musée de l’Atelier de Rosa Bonheur Thomery, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Rosa Bonheur was one of the first French women artist to gain international reputation as a fine artist. She was naturalist painter, an animal painter.

Tove Jansson
Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley in Finland is a museum devoted to original works by writer and artist Tove Jansson. Its unique collections comprise around 2000 works. Lesbian Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001) Finish author was a successfull author of childrens’ books a visual artist and comics artist. The Helsinki Art Museum has opened (January 2016) a exhibition about Tove Jansson which is a part of their permanent collection.

Non-european Exhibition Spaces

FAG Feminist Art Gallery run by Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue in their private home in Toronto, Canada.

Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA. The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it.

Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) in San Francisco, USA is dedicated to moving the hirstory and art of transgender people to the center of public life. The museum, founded in 2013, insists on an expansive and unstable definition of transgender, one that is able to encompass all trans and gender non-conformed art and artists.

The GLBT Historical Society – Often referred to as San Francisco’s “queer Smithsonian,” the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society’s GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

The Herstory Gallery in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the 4th floor of Brooklyn Museum presents exhibitions related to The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, on long-term view in the adjacent gallery. The iconic work, celebrating the achievements of women throughout history, includes a floor on which appear the names of 999 mythical and historic women, some of which are lesbians. This feminist Art Centre will now and then display works by and tell about the lives of out lesbian and queer feminist artists.