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European Association for Jewish Culture 

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Spring-Summer 2001

Visual Arts
by Danièle Neumann

Exhibitions

The Paris School

The much-awaited exhibition at the Paris Modern Art Museum is a real retrospective of the Paris School painters, including Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine, Pascin, Kisling. The show includes not only the works of Jewish painters, sculptors, and engravers, but also photographers Man Ray, Krull, and Abbott. Many previously unseen works are included in this exhibition together with many masterpieces and exceptional documents.

Ben Ami Kohler

Ben Ami Kohler is a painter of Romanian descent whose talent became particularly clear through the exceptional virtuosity of his pencil drawings and pastels. In this exhibition, he returns to oils with a mixture of acrylic. The exhibition travels to Rome after leaving Paris.

A Century of Jewish Painters

Showing until the end of April at the Espace Rachi in Paris, A Century of Jewish Painters examines the place of Jewish painters in the history of European art. Works by Isaac Dobrynski, Henri Epstein, Ossip Lubitch, Sigmund Menkes, Alfred Aberdam and Roland Topor.

Breuer-Weil in London

The Roundhouse Gallery was the setting for an important exhibition of paintings in London of the works of the talented David Breuer-Weil, entitled The Project. The large format paintings depict an allegorical universe inspired by the myth of Sisyphus, Kafka and Beckett. Antony Julius, author of Idolizing Pictures (Thames and Hudson) gave a lecture on "What is Jewish Art Today?" organized by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research at the Roundhouse.

An Important Show in Bâle

Mark Rothko's work will be shown during the months of April and May in Bâle, Switzerland, in a show entitled, "Mark Rothko: Union Between Painting and Viewer."

Henri Touitou

Constructions, stratifications, emerging from paintings, traces of memory where the colour blue dominates, the work of painter Henri Touitou will be touring in other European cities.

Arrari

Haunted by Pompeii and Venice, Arrari has always painted. He has just held an exhibition in the town hall of the fifth arrondissement in Paris and is preparing another in Sommières, in southern France, his adopted 'Egypt.'

Tobiasse, Kleinmann, Moretti

 

These three artists have already shown together in the Val de Marne during the Passover holidays. A bronze menorah made by Dali was exhibited at the show.

 

 

Painting by Tobiasse

Tribute to Kikoïne

Until 17 September 2001 at the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, a large retrospective of the painter Michel Kikoine, an important member of the Paris School. 

Painters and Sculptors Share a Space

 

Painters, including Alain Kleinmann, Moreno Pincas, Remy Aron, Moreh, Michael Lebovici, Fabian Ceredo and sculptors, Franco Adami, Shelomo Seminger, Nili Pincas, met during a month-long show in the Blancs-Manteaux in Paris. The exhibition was co- organized by the City of Paris and the Israeli Embassy. 

Painting by Michael Lebovici

Sculpture by Nili Pincas

Publications

Garouste and Ouaknin

Based on research at the library of the Alliance israélite universelle on different versions of the Haggadah, the painter Gérard Garouste and the talmudic scholar Marc-Alain Ouaknin have produced a two-handed Haggadah. On display through September at the Museum for Jewish Art and History in Paris.

The « Museo dei Lumi » (Museum of Light)

A small art book on the theme of light and Hanukah was published in Italy by the Museo dei Lumi and the Fondazione Arte Storica et Cultura Ebraica at Casale Monferrato. The book includes works by Gabriele Levy, J. Armand, Topor, Recalcati, Jeanclos.

Letters of Creation

 

The Jewish press in France, Belgium, and Switzerland has heralded the publication of the limited edition of numbered portfolio work published by the Alliance israélite universelle. Twenty-three variations on the Hebrew alphabet, interpreted by such internationally renowned artists as Pierre Soulages, Gérard Garouste, Devi Tuszynski, Alain Kleinmann, Agam. Each work is currently exhibited in the auditorium of the Alliance israélite universelle in Paris.

 

The Letter "Nune" by Chigi Lin

Photography

Jews in Moslem Lands

The Alliance israélite universelle has published Pierre Abensur's photographs of Iranian Jews in its Cahiers (no. 22, commemorating AIU's 140 anniversary). Abensur continues his work on this theme, and will soon be showing in Djerba, Tunisia.

Rayalism

Marc-Henri Cykiert is showing his tribute to Man Ray in Brussels. The works trace signs -- Hebrew and Chinese letters -- on women's bodies.

Franck Horvat

 

After a big retrospective at the Dina Vierny Foundation, a show in Florence, Frank Horvat is preparing a retrospective in Spain. Two unpublished photos, including a self- portrait and a portrait of his mother were published in the Cahiers de l'Alliance israélite universelle.

 



Photograph by Frank Horvat

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