(US-NYC) Jewish Museum Exhibit: Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art #usa #holocaust #announcements #events

Jan Meisels Allen




The Jewish Museum in New York City, NY has opened an exhibit entitled: Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art to run through January 9, 2022. The exhibit traces the timelines of individual object as they passed through hands and sites, during, and after World War ll.


During World War II, untold numbers of artworks and pieces of cultural property were stolen by Nazi forces. After the war, an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books were recovered. Many more were destroyed. This exhibition chronicles the layered stories of the objects that survived, exploring the circumstances of their theft, their post-war rescue, and their afterlives in museums and private collections.


Afterlives includes objects looted from Jewish collections during the war, including works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro. 


75 years after the Second World War, Afterlives explores how surviving artworks and other precious objects were changed by those events, and how they have moved through time, bearing witness to profound historical ruptures while also acting as enduring carriers of individual expression, knowledge, and creativity. The exhibition follows the paths taken by works of art across national borders, through military depots, and in and out of networks of collectors, looters, ideologues, and restitution organizations.


 The Jewish Museum has also commissioned four contemporary artists to create new works that address the resonance of the exhibition’s themes: Maria Eichhorn, Hadar Gad, Dor Guez, and Lisa Oppenheim. Treasured pieces of Judaica, including rare examples of Jewish ceremonial objects from destroyed synagogues, will also be on view, as well as rarely seen archival photographs and documents that connect the objects to history.


To read more see: https://thejewishmuseum.org/index.php/exhibitions/afterlives-recovering-the-lost-stories-of-looted-art

There is an audio guide transcript available  through the above URL.  There is also a transcript that may be downloaded accessible through the aforementioned URL.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee