We recommend: Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz

2015-05-15 - 2015-10-31
The exhibition at MOCAK highlights the significant presence of the theme of Auschwitz in the historical, social and cultural discourse. It demonstrates how contemporary artists from Poland, Israel and Germany interpret events from the past. This is not about presenting art broadly thematically related to the Holocaust, rather – about works that deal with the ‘anus mundi’– Auschwitz as a place of genocide, the most tragic man-made symbol there is. The exhibition poses a number of questions. After the last witnesses have died, will Auschwitz become a dark and vacant pop-cultural motif, a pure provocation, a horror Disneyland? Or are such worries exaggerated? Will the second and third post- Auschwitz generations feel a responsibility to carry the memory of these events?

The exhibition Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz has been organised in collaboration with the Zentrum für verfolgte Künste in Solingen and financed by the Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The works by Yehuda Bacon, Sigalit Landau and Michela Kichka were part of the exhibition Death Did Not Have the Last Word: No-one Is a Witness for the Witnesses which was shown at the beginning of the year at the Bundestag. The exhibition was curated by Jürgen Kaumkötter.

The exhibition is accompanied by Jürgen Kaumkötter’s book Death Did Not Have the Last Word, translated into Polish. The German version of the book was published in January 2015 by Galiani Berlin. The publication contains over 300 colour reproductions and provides a broad review of the work of the artists who lived in the ghettos and concentration camps. The Polish edition, planned for June 2015 will also carry a text by Delfina Jałowik, the exhibition’s co-curator, containing descriptions and reproductions of the works to be shown at MOCAK.

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