Exhibition: Vincent Hloznik: Between War and Dream
August 16 – September 16, 2016
BBLA Gallery at National Bohemian Hall
321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York City
Closing Reception: Thursday, September 15, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The exhibition Vincent Hložník: Between War and Dream features 20 Surrealist-inspired linocut prints by Slovak artist Vincent Hložník from the series Dreams (Sny) (1962) on loan from Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale. They represent a turning point in the artist’s career as his figurative motifs—always related to the exploration of the human condition—began to take on more symbolic and metaphorical meanings. Detached human limbs, monstrous figures assembled from eyes and teeth, the Angel of Death, and threatening flanks of silhouetted and stylized archaic warriors signal unspecified danger, while angles and voids create an instability that marks the very real threat of annihilation, whether from war or nuclear arms.
Vincent Hložník (1919–1997) was a key figure in modern Slovak art as both a teacher and artist, and was responsible for establishing the Department of Graphic Art and Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava after joining the faculty in 1952.
This event is organized by the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York, Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, with support of BBLA.
Viewing hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(Please note that BBLA’s exhibition space is occasionally closed for events. Call 212-988-1733 to verify access.)
Announcing a new publication by S. I. Kot and L.V. Kudriasheva:
Art in the Flames of War. Western Western European Paintings in the Collection of the Simferopol Art Museum S. I. Kot and L.V. Kudriasheva
Art in the Flames of War. Western European Paintings in the Collection of the Simferopol Art Museum: Catalogue and Album Simferopol-Kyiv: Zheribor Publishing House, 2015. 300 pages (in Russian, English, and German)
ANN: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June
Panel on Social Memory: “Identifying Wartime Losses and Displaced Valuables: Eyes on Ukraine”
Session 9, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:30-6:15PM
Presentation Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian
Location: Room 05
Many specialists estimate that two-thirds of the cultural losses of the Soviet Union during the Second World War were from the territory that today in independent Ukraine. But even after 25 years of independence, Ukraine has still not compiled a complete, or even partial, register of its war losses. More attention to such a register, to be sure, would aid in the identification and possible recovery of lost treasures that might surface abroad. The Khanenko Museum in Kyiv is the only museum to have published an English-language catalogue (1998) with limited illustrations of paintings lost during the war. With German coordination all of the listings were entered in the lostart.de Internet database in Magdeburg. Thanks to that listing and the Art Loss Register (London), in April 2015 a 17th-century Dutch painting that surfaced on auction in the Netherlands returned to Kyiv the first to have returned from abroad in 70 years. This panel will discuss the progress during Ukraine’s quarter century of independence to identify more of its war losses so they will be known abroad. And will present the newly published book about war losses and postwar holdings in the Simferopol Art Museum, the first published account and catalogue of ‘trophy” paintings from Germany in Ukraine.
Chair: Wesley A. Fisher, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.
Discussants ● Konstantin Akinsha, Independent Scholar
Presenters: Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Harvard U (US)/ International Inst of Social History (Netherlands)
“Tracing Pan‐European Looted Art in Russia and Poland: The Erich Koch Collection as Example”
Sergei Kot [Сергей Кот], Institute of History of Ukraine, NASU (Ukraine)
“Ukrainian Cultural Losses: ‘Displaced’ Valuables, and the Long Road to Retrieval”
Irina Tarsis, Ctr for Art Law (US)
“One‐track Mind: Polish Lessons for Art Restitution Claims and Dispute Resolution Alternatives”
For the full programme of the conference, please see ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention