Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art at The Jewish Museum, August 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022
“The Jewish Museum presents Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art, an exhibition that situates the subject of art looting during World War II within a unique thematic premise, focusing on the seizure and movement of works as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval against tremendous odds. By tracing the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites, their myriad stories are brought forward, often in dialogue with archival documents and photographs that connect them to history.
Afterlives explores how surviving artworks and other precious objects were changed by those events; how they have moved through time, bearing witness to profound historical ruptures while also acting as enduring carriers of individual expression, knowledge, and creativity. The exhibition follows the paths taken by works of art across national borders, through military depots, and in and out of networks of collectors, looters, ideologues, and restitution organizations.” — The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum also commissioned four contemporary artists to create new works that address the resonance of the exhibition’s themes, Maria Eichhorn (b 1962 and based in Berlin), Hadar Gad (b. 1960 and based in Pardes Hanna-Karkur), Dor Guez (b. 1980 and based in Jaffa), and Lisa Oppenheim (b. 1975 and based in Brooklyn).
Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art is organized by Darsie Alexander, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, and Sam Sackeroff, Lerman-Neubauer Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum. The exhibition is designed by Daniel Kershaw with graphic design by IN-FO.CO, Adam Michaels. Abigail Rapoport, Curator of Judaica, assisted in selecting ceremonial objects for the exhibition