‘To Whom do These Paintings Belong?’ is the poignant exhibition of 53 paintings ranging from works by Matisse, Monet, to Ingres and Chardin. What do all these paintings have in common? They were all confiscated from their owners by the Nazis during World War II.
First exhibited in Jerusalem, the show is currently at Paris’s Museum of Judaic History and will close this weekend (October 26, 2008). The show’s a good example of how great works of art from various eras suddenly have a unique rapport. Knowing that these were paintings from personal collections of many who did not survive deportation creates a moment of quiet, a moment to ponder the insanity of war and destruction in contrast to the beauty of artistic creation.
If, even just one of the 53 paintings, finds its rightful home , it will be one small step toward reconciliation. . . . get to the show quickly!!!
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Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan
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