Deutsches Haus at NYU, LBI, and the consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany are proud to present an exhibition of recovered pre-war portraits by Jewish artist David Friedman(n), capturing members of Berlin’s world famous Philharmonic Orchestra. The opening to the exhibition will be complemented by a short performance of members of the current orchestra.
Artist David Friedmann was famous for his portraits of cultural icons in Berlin’s tumultuous 1920s and kept close ties with those most celebrated musicians of his era. Studies of the ensemble cast of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra are among his most acclaimed works of the time. With the Nazi’s rise to power, Friedmann was persecuted for his Jewish heritage, and banned from his profession. His original artwork was destroyed or lost. A survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Friedmann emigrated to the United States after the war. Many years later, his daughter Miriam Friedman Morris made it her personal mission to retrieve as much of her father’s lost artwork as possible.
Two years ago, Miriam Friedman Morris’s efforts resulted in an exhibition of Friedmann’s recovered portraits of members of the Berlin Philharmonic being displayed at the Berlin Philharmonics Concert Hall in November 2008. On Wednesday, February 22nd, Deutsches Haus is pleased to premier this exhibition in the United States.
DAAD sponsored event
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