The third and likely final presentation in the series of exhibitions about artists in exile explores Scenes of Exile (2020) all over the world; among them are ports of embarkation and arrival, but also mere places of transit and stopovers where new doors unexpectedly opened, yearned-for destinations, places where escapees got stuck, and scenes of return.
Focusing on a selection of places—Zurich, Jerusalem, London, New York, Collingwood, Stockholm, and Shanghai—the exhibition will feature the graphic oeuvre of the writer Else Lasker-Schüler (1869 Elberfeld, DE―1945 Jerusalem, IL), the photographs and films of Wolf Suschitzky (1912 Vienna, AT―2016 London, UK), the drawings and caricatures of Walter Trier (1890 Prague, CZ―1951 Collingwood, Ontario, CA), furniture designs by Victor Papanek (1923 Vienna, AT―1998 Lawrence, KS, US), the self-portraits of the painter Lotte Laserstein (1898 Preußisch Holland, today PL―1993 Kalmar, SE), and the films of the director Louise Kolm-Fleck (1873―1950 Vienna, AT).
It will illustrate that the scenes of exile with their distinctive conditions gave some, such as Trier and Suschitzky, the chance to build new lives for themselves, while others, like Laserstein, survived in refuges where the need to adapt to the expectations of new audiences and the loss of familiar milieus and sources of inspiration lastingly stunted their gift for creative innovation.
A catalogue gathering materials on all three exhibitions in the thematic series―Up/Rooted (2017), Resonance of Exile (2018) and Scenes of Exile (2020)―will be released in conjunction with the show.
Under the protection of Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
Curators: Barbara Herzog and Christiane Kuhlmann