Drawings from the Theresienstadt Ghetto
The exhibition shows drawings of the Czech-Jewish artist and cartoonist Bedřich Fritta, which were produced in the Theresienstadt ghetto between 1942 and 1944. Deported to Theresienstadt on 4 December 1941, Fritta was appointed head of a Jewish-governed drawing studio. Up to twenty artists worked there on behalf of the SS. They were forced to draw building plans, illustrated diagrams, and statistics that would support the official image of the ghetto's smooth functioning. But in secret, the artists captured the reality of daily life. In October 1944, Fritta was deported to Auschwitz, where he died of illness on November 5. The majority of his unofficial works survived in hiding, around one hundred pictures in total, and is now in the possession of the artist's son. The collection, which includes large ink drawings as well as small sketches, will be on display for the first time in this scale.
17 May - 25 August 2013
Eric F. Ross Gallery in the permanent exhibition
Accompanying the opening of the exhibition, a comprehensive website will be available online at www.jmberlin.de/fritta/en.
Up to now, Fritta's drawings have been regarded mainly as historical documents. This exhibition, by contrast, focuses on the artful means by which Fritta comments on and interprets daily life in the ghetto, his complex use of imagery, and the artistic quality of his drawings.