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Jewish Artists Remembered
January 21, 2009   
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Paintings by Jewish artists never before shown as part of an exhibition are on display at the Kamienica Celejowska gallery in Kazimierz Dolny, 100 km southeast of Warsaw. Among the famous names of the Jewish artists on show at the exhibition are: Maurycy Gottlieb, Jankiel Adler, Samuel Hirszenberg, Arnold Blaufuks, Roman Kramsztyk and Mieczysław Oley.

"Our exhibition took Kazimierz Dolny as a focal point but its overall perspective is much wider," says Waldemar Odorowski, director of the Kamienica Celejowska. "It shows the work of more than 40 Jewish artists working in Poland before 1939, and not necessarily connected with Kazimierz, although certain names recur as a lot of them were here at one time or another."

Most of the large Jewish communities in Poland are represented: Warsaw, ŁódĽ, Cracow and Lviv, where Artur Klar worked. The exhibition offers a cross-section of the vibrant Jewish painting community in pre-war Poland, while the 140 paintings on show are all thematically diverse. The paintings are not dominated by Judaic motifs or landscape genre scenes. The Jewish painters of the time were attuned to the styles and tendencies of their period, for which the focal point was the Ecole de Paris and Western art in general. Unfortunately, not much is known about a lot of the artists, as their work was destroyed during the Holocaust.

The exhibition will be open until the end of March 2009. It is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue.

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Kamienica Celejowska, 11/13 Senatorska St., Kazimierz Dolny, open Tue.-Thu., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., entrance zl.5, zl.3 concessions
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