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Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre?

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Calendar   Exhibits
Location Holocaust Museum Houston
Date Fri, Aug 19, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration   7h

Discover one of the most important and powerful achievements of the 20th century – the singular and complex artwork Life? Or Theatre? by German-Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon – which through imagery and text tell the slightly fictionalized and theatrically imagined story of Salomon’s family. Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre? is on view August 19 through December 4, 2022, in Holocaust Museum Houston’s Edith and Josef Mincberg Gallery.

This major exhibition features over 200 small gouaches on paper which Salomon created as part of a larger body of work in the early 1940s when in hiding from Nazi oppressors. These remarkable gouaches unveil a vivid self-portrait spanning across all facets of Salomon’s existence: from a complicated family life, growing up in Berlin, the rise of the Nazis, to her exile to France.

The exhibition Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre? has been organized in cooperation with the Amsterdam Jewish Museum. Owner of the copyrights is Charlotte Salomon Foundation, Amsterdam.

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