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Exhibition opening: J.D. Kirszenbaum

11 July 2013

Opening of the exhibition: J. D. Kirszenbaum 1900 - 1954, the Lost Generation (curator: Dr. Caroline Goldberg Igra)


A new exhibition dedicated to works of the artist Jechezkiel David Kirszenbaum (1900-1954) The Lost Generation, opened at Beit Hatfutsot the Museum of the Jewish People, last Thursday, July 11. The guest of honor was the French Ambassador Christophe Bigot.


Kirszenbaum's peregrinations - from his native Staszow to the Weimar, Berlin and to Paris, from southern France to Brazil and Morocco - exposed him to the most avant-garde artistic developments in Western Europe during a period of great unrest. The reconstruction of Kirszenbaum's career after the Shoah was complicated because of the total destruction of the artist's studio, and all those works housed therein, during the war. Kirszenbaum’s return to life was greatly assisted by his relationship with Alix de Rothschild. She understood his artistic gifts, welcomed him into her family and supported him both spiritually and financially, encouraging his return to teaching and painting.


The display of the exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot is a tribute to the persistence and devotion of the artist's great nephew Nathan Diament, who has traced, piece by piece, the remnants of this lost career. His conviction that his uncle's contribution to the world of art was worth resurrecting, has resulted in the restoration of Kirszenbaum's reputation to the annals of early Modern European art history.


Among the guests at the opening were Ms. Irina Nevzlin Kogan Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot, Mr. Dan Tadmor CEO of the museum, businessman Mr. Gad Propper, Mr. Stefan Kobsa Cultural Attachѐ at the German embassy in Israel, Mr. Lionel Choukroun, Cultural Attachѐ at the French embassy, Journalist Yossi Ahimeir, and Mr. Sallai Meridor, former Israel Ambassador to USA and former Chair of the Jewish Agency. 


For more details about the exhibition, please click here


(Photos: Raphael Delouya)


 Nathan Diament, Christofe Bigot, Dan Tadmor, Irina Nevzlin Kogan


Gad & Eti Propper, Dan Tadmor, Irina Nevzlin Kogan


Gabi Hake, Irit Admoni Perlman


Nathan Diament, Christofe Bigot, Enia Kupfer Zeevi


Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Sallai Meridor



11 July 2013