Wilhelm Art Center in Budapest will honor Anne
Frank's 80th birthday with an original artwork exhibition and various
activities. Above you see participating artists and the curator of the
Anne Frank became famous due to her diary,
written in Dutch, in which despite her young age, she describes in a sensitive,
acute and mature way, what she, her family and their friends went through in
their hiding place from the Nazis. Anne Frank is the Shoah's 'most famous victim'
as well as 'the most famous child of the twentieth century', and her face, with
the sad shy smile is one of the icons of twentieth century.
The photographs of Anne Frank are famous
documents worldwide representing the Shoah and were adopted by many artists as a
source of inspiration to express their feelings and ideas. There is wide use of
Anne Frank's image in artworks of many artists worldwide. Every artist refers to
her image according to his/her cultural perception and artistic style.
Dr. Batya Brutin
writes about this particular
"Werner Horvath uses the famous photograph of Anne Frank reading a book as a symbol of the tight relationship between Anne and her diary. In his painting Anne's image emerges from a colorful surrealistic landscape while the book describes black and white bold, naked and emaciated children's figures. As a result, Anne Frank becomes the symbol for all the innocent children murdered in the Holocaust."
(In "Anne Frank in the artists eyes", Peter Wilhelm Art Project, Budapest 2009, ISBN 978-963-06-8114-8).
For the first time, in the exhibition Anne Frank
in the Artists Eyes, a large
collection of original artworks depicting Anne Frank will be shown. It will expose
the wide variety of subjects concerning Anne Frank's image that occupies the
artist's thoughts, ideas and emotions. Twenty nine artists from Hungary,
Germany, Austria, Holland,
Sweden, UK, USA and Israel will participate in this exhibition with various
artistic media and style. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Batya Brutin,
opening of the exhibition took place in the old Rumbach-Synagogue in the
central of Budapest on October 6th
at 6 PM and the exhibition will continue until
October 22nd 2009 (open on workdays from 10 a.m. to 5,30 p.m). Address of the exhibition: Budapest, VII., Rumbach
Sebestyen street 11-13. During that time Peter
Wilhelm Art Center will
run various cultural activities as part of remembering Anne Frank.
From left to right: The old Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest, Peter Wilhelm and Dr. Batya Brutin at the opening of the exhibition "Anne Frank in the artists eyes", the artist Werner Horvath and Dr. Batya Brutin in front of Horvath's Anne Frank portrait and the inside of the Synagogue.
Visitors of the exhibition.
Peter Wilhelm, director of the Peter Wilhelm Art Center (middle), Gabriel Hofmann (left) and the artist Werner Horvath (right) in front of Anne Frank paintings.
For further information, please contact Peter Wilhelm Art Center via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Werner Horvath's profile
More paintings against Nazi-past (text in German)