Contemporary Art Exhibition Commemorating the Holocaust at the Hungarian Academy of Rome

This year Hungary commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust. In the framework of the Holocaust Memorial Year, a contemporary art exhibition, titled “Walking in the valley of the shadows...” will be opened at the Hungarian Academy of Rome, on 24 January 2014 at 11.00 AM.

Each Holocaust commemoration is an in-depth experience, an existential taking of accounts even, through which we face our feelings and our commitment to making society a better place. This is the major legacy that we have had the chance to obtain by listening to the experiences of direct or indirect eyewitnesses, and in which the humanity of victims stands against the inhumanity of their murderers. Although it is sometimes impossible to depict the complexity and absurdity of the Holocaust, a long line of artists of different cultural backgrounds felt the urge to face this topic both on an iconographic and – in a broader sense – on an aesthetic level. We can rightly claim that since we have known this period of history, fine arts have never been the same.

The exhibition of the Hungarian Academy of Rome aims at walking the road of Remembrance through the artworks of Jewish artists, men and women, who placed this theme and tragic historical event in the focus of their artistic explorations. Painters, photographers and sculptors elaborated their own language not only to make memories heard but also to speak for the witnesses, making this experience their own both on an existential and on an intellectual level. We shall highlight that the result of this exercise gives space to hope and life as unique values, making the long and painful road through the valley of shadows and sorrow a fruitful one.

The central part of the exhibition is made up of the works by Szabolcs Simon and István Papp Sebők. The other artworks on show originate from Italian Jewish artists Georges de Canino, Eva Fischer, Adriano Mordenti and Justin Peyser.

Curators of the exhibition: Pál Németh and Francesca Pietracci.

The exhibition was organized with the sponsorship of the Jewish Congregation of Rome and the Touro University Rome, and will be opened by Monika Balatoni, State Secretary for Social Relations at the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice and Professor Giacomo Moscati, Vice-President of the Jewish Community of Rome, Counsellor for International Relations.

The exhibition will be open until 9 March 2014, at the ground floor gallery of the Hungarian Academy of Rome. Entrance free, opening hours: Mondays-Fridays 10.00 AM-7.30 PM, Saturdays 10.00 AM-12.30 PM and 1.30 PM-7.30 PM, Sundays 10.00 AM-12.30 PM and 1.30 AM-6.00 PM.

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