Polish art and the Holocaust

Polish art and the Holocaust

Feel invited to our exhibition of Polish art to the Holocaust

Apr 17 – Nov 30

The exhibition will present the works of artists who in various ways dealt with the subject of painful, not assimilated memory of the Holocaust. Organized by the Jewish Historical Institute in reference to the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, it will be a part of a long tradition of exhibition activities initiated by the Institute as early as in 1948.

Some of the works exhibited in JHI were created by artists who were direct witnesses to the war and the Holocaust, such as, Tadeusz Kantor, Andrzej Wróblewski, Alina Szapocznikow, Bronisław Linke, Marek Oberlaender, Władysław Strzemiński, Artur Nacht-Samborski, Józef Szajna, Izaak Celnikier or Jonasz Stern. Some of them took up the subject of the war nightmare straight after 1945, whereas others came back to it after years. Their works will be juxtaposed with the artifacts of the artists of younger generation bringing up the subject of the memory of the Holocaust at the times when the last witnesses are passing away. The artists will include Mirosław Bałka, Zbigniew Libera, Maciej Toporowicz, Wilhelm Sasnal, Artur Żmijewski, Rafał Jakubowicz, Jarosław Kozakiewicz, Maciej Klauzner, Elżbieta Janicka, Krystyna Piotrowska, Zofiia Lipecka, Karolina Freino, Wojciech Wilczyk, Józef Robakowski and Urszula Grabowska. In addition, projects and photograms of the best architectural works and monuments commemorating the Holocaust will be presented. 

This combination will allow the viewer to see the different ways of expressing the experience of the Holocaust by artists. How did they manage that, if it was possible at all?

The Honorary Patronage over the exhibition has been assumed by the President of Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue including a selection of Polish poetry referring to the Holocaust. 

More, on the website devoted to the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising — Resistance and the Holocaust

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