The history of emancipation can also look back on a long and rocky road with regard to the development of bathing culture: For over 100 years, women on many continents fought against social morals and political bathing regulations. Swimming, especially in the open sea, was still life-threatening until the 20th century due to the prescribed amount of clothing. Through the tireless efforts of competitive swimmers, more comfortable and permissive swimwear gradually emerged. Today, modern swimwear is characterised by its diversity in terms of designs and ways of wearing it: From the micro-bikini to the burkini, everything is represented. Whether and to what extent a woman shows her body while bathing should ultimately be her individual decision - regardless of the "ideal bikini figure" that is often propagated in the media and advertising world.
JANARA is representative of the triumphant progress of the liberation of women. The liberation of the female body into comfortable and safe swimwear was a struggle for every inch of fabric. There were a number of very strong women who, over time, fought for the self-determination of women in society. "Woman Power" is one of the central themes in the BikiniARTmuseum and JANARA the corresponding symbolic figure.
JANARA is enthroned in imposing size on the roof of the museum. She represents a girl from the 1950s wearing a bikini and boxing gloves in a winning pose. The creator of the figure, created with great grace and feeling, is Doris Geraldi, a well-known sculpture artist from Rio de Janeiro. In the monastery of Maria Laach, master blacksmith Edgar Radar and his team of seven took up the challenge of forging the almost 10-metre tall symbolic figure of the BikiniARTmuseum. "Janara" comes from the language of the indigenous people of the Amazon and means "princess of sweet water".