Forbidden Art | Polish Museum of America | Museums | Chicago Reader
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When: Oct. 30-Jan. 11 2015
You've probably never heard of any of the artists whose work appears in "Forbidden Art," a traveling exhibit that just arrived at the Polish Museum of America, but given the circumstances under which their work was created, it's close to miraculous that anyone knows their names at all. The 20 paintings, drawings, and sculptures were created by prisoners—both Jewish and Christian—in Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II. The exhibit was conceived by Piotr Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and Marcin Chumiecki, director of the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in Michigan, and executed by Elżbieta Cajzer, head of the Auschwitz-Birkenau collections department. For the past three years, it's been touring the U.S.—it came to Northeastern Illinois University in 2012—and will most likely move on to the United Nations in New York after it leaves the PMA in January. (The drawings and paintings on tour are reproductions; the three-dimensional works are original.) Continue reading >>

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