Tag Archive: Art

2012 Leo Baeck Medal Awarded to Artist Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer and Guido Westerwelle

On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German Artist Anselm Kiefer during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Dinner

Leo Baeck Medal

Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:00 pm German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will award the Leo Baeck Medal to Anselm Kiefer and bestow a special honor on Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. The presentation will take place during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Leo Baeck Salon Explores the Logistics of Memory in Berlin

Luca Vanello's "Memory Pill" consists of a single photograph, disintegrated and compressed into a gelatin capsule, offering to bring the observer back to a specific moment and memory.

At the 9th Leo Baeck Salon, seventeen young artists transformed shipping containers in an industrial Berlin neighborhood into art spaces with sculptures inspired by LBI collections. The artists, all students in Gregor Schneider’s sculpture class at the Berlin University of the Arts, engaged with LBI archives at the Jewish Musuem in Berlin.

Panel Discussion: Restitution of Nazi-looted Art – Latest Developments

Anselm Feuerbach - Head of A Girl

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:30pm Leo Baeck Institute and the American Council on Germany present a panel featuring three experts that represent a wide-range of domestic and international interests in connection with the recovery of Nazi-looted art.

Exhibit: Radical Departures – The Modernist Experiment

Georg Stahl, Without Title, oil on masonite, 1961

Many Jewish and non-Jewish German artists alike had their work branded “degenerate” by the Nazis and were forced to flee Germany. Georg Stahl responded to the political turmoil of the Weimar Republic, and later World War II, with work that moved from a modernist style in the 1920′s to pure abstraction in the 1950′s.

“Auktion 392″ – Reclaiming the Galerie Stern

Nicolas Neufchatel, Portrait of Jan van Eversdyck, 1580

In September 1937, the Düsseldorf gallerist Max Stern 1937 was ordred by the Nazi government to auction off the inventory of his Gallerie Stern. That November, Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, sold the inventory of the Galerie Stern. The paintings went on the block by their lot number, “Auktion 392,” and the search for many of the lost treasures continues today.

Salon Paintings of the Leo Baeck Institute

This portrait of the children of an upper-middle class Jewish family was painted  in the 1920s by Adolf Ziegler, who would eventually become president of the Nazi Chamber of Art in 1936.

The exhibit will showcase works of such prominent artists as Max Liebermann, Lesser Ury, Julius Schulein, as well as works by artists who did not necessarily rise to prominence. The paintings evoke the contemporary Zeitgeist as well as the ever-changing status of the Jewish population from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

Imprints: Selected works by Diane Samuels

Works by Diane Samuels

Diane Samuels, whose work is a centerpiece of the Great Hall of the Center for Jewish History creates are that deals with with language, text and context, using the letters of the alphabet to create alternative approaches to communication, both between ordinary people and as a link to the Divine. The exhibit includes projects from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, and the US.

Credit Due: Eight German-Jewish Artists Persecuted by the Nazis

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This exhibit takes a close look at the experiences various artists underwent prior to their emigration and explores the phenomenon of emigration itself as an existential experience. The lives of these artists are as diverse as their artistic styles, but there are some commonalities: Most went from country to country, often unable to secure work or the right to stay.