Charlotte Salomon. "Life? Or theatre?"

Exhibition October 20, 2017 − March 25, 2018
The Jewish historical Museum in Amsterdam presents an exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Salomon.

The artist had hard luck. In 1939, a young Jewish woman forced to flee from his native Berlin to the South of France, to the grandparents. Grandmother committed suicide, and from his grandfather, Charlotte learned that three generations of women in the family ended their life in this way. In particular, the mother of that girl told us that she died from the flu. Events in her family and the country have made too strong an impression on Charlotte, so she in order not to manifest this "death instinct", sank in the drawing. Thus was created one of the monuments of the terrible events of world war II - cycle "Life? Or theatre?".

During the period from 1940 to 1942 was established about eight hundred works. With the help of brushes and paints, the artist embodied his past and present. "It's my whole life," said Charlotte Salomon, passing the "graphic magazine" family member shortly before his arrest.

Twenty-six artist died in 1943, being 5 months pregnant, one of the gas chambers of Auschwitz. The girl's father only a few years later learned about the artistic legacy of the daughters and in 1971 gave it to the Jewish historical Museum. Since then, the paintings of Charlotte Salomon visited many museums around the world, and her life story has inspired generations of creators.

Large-scale exhibition which will last from October 20, 2017 to March 25, 2018, will cover about 800 works and is unlikely to leave anyone indifferent.