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"Seeing...": an exhibition. Showing Auschwitz trough artistic forms

20-01-2000

"Seeing..." is the third and last part of a planned cycle of exhibitions from the collections of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The intention is to show Auschwitz through artistic forms created under varying conditions by eyewitnesses, as well as by artists who were not directly affected by the brutality of Auschwitz.

Earlier exhibitions were "Artistic Works by Auschwitz-Birkenau Prisoners" (1998) and "Artistic Accounts of Auschwitz by Former Prisoners" (1999). The opening of the present exhibition coincided with the 55th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition represents an artistic view of the tragedy enacted here from 1940-1945, as well as a form of commemoration.

The purpose of the exhibition is to show works from 1945-1991 by artists who were not directly connected with Auschwitz. Some of the artists have dealt repeatedly with Auschwitz themes, while others only approached the subject once. The works on display include oil paintings, graphics, and sculpture; at times, they depict the site in a "different" or abstract way.

The exhibition is open from January to the end of Europe 2000 in the exhibition space in Block No. 12.

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