The Center for Persecuted Arts is a museum of discovery dedicated exclusively to artists whose opportunities for development and works were blocked, prevented, or annihilated by the dictatorships of the last century and totalitarian regimes up to the present day. It is a cross-genre museum, and its Collection of Art and Literature tells of lost, forgotten, and barely considered works of art, stories, and fates.
On December 8, 1941, seventeen-year-old Boris Lurie’s mother, grandmother, sister, and childhood sweetheart are murdered near Riga in the Rumbula Massacre, the “Holocaust by Bullets.” This trauma will be permanently etched into Boris Lurie’s life and art. For him, December of 1941 is when the world loses its innocence.
For others, December 8, 1941 is a joyful day. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will celebrate their first wedding anniversary for a second time. Anna Seghers, a German Jew, will reach Mexico City and live through the Shoah in exile.
In his lecture, Holocaust art expert Jürgen Kaumkötter traces these imagined connections, placing the work of Boris Lurie within the wider context of the history of his times, and of art history.
The event will be streamed via the YouTube-Channel of the Museo Nacional de las Culturas del Mundo on March 24, 2023 at 0:00 a.m. CET
90 years ago: On May 10, 1933, books were burned in Germany – what happened afterwards is well known. On Press Freedom Day, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., the Else Lasker-Schüler Society and the Supporters’ Association of the Center for Persecuted Arts invite you to a slide show with recitation and singing about Ray Bradbury’s novel „Fahrenheit 451“ and the film adaptation by François Truffaut.
The Museum Center for Persecuted Arts is again a co-organizer of the XXIV Else Lasker-Schüler-Forum, which will take place from May 11 to 14, 2023 in Wuppertal and Solingen. In the light of the 90th anniversary of the book burnings in Germany in 1933, a varied program of theatre, music and talks was put together under the title “I want to go to the boundless…”.
At the opening on May 11, 2023, Günter Verheugen, ex-EU Commissioner, will speak about „border issues“ and the multimedia poetry project „Friendship in Times of War“ will be premiered.
Share your memories and join us in commemorating the time around the Solingen arson attack in 1993!
Your short statements and stories will become an „archive of the present age“ in the exhibition and then permanently at the Solingen city archive.
To work together against exclusion, racism and xenophobia: shaping commemoration together!
Every Sunday, the Center for Persecuted Arts offers public tours of its exhibitions. Pre-registration is not necessary.
You are also welcome to request a private guided tour from us. We also offer guided tours in Turkish and English as well as educational offers such as workshops and guided tours on various topics for school classes.
Please contact us by mail
or by phone +49 212 258 1418.
For the visit of the exhibitions as well as for events the distance and hygiene regulations of the Corona protection regulation of the country North Rhine-Westphalia apply furthermore.
In the Center for Persecuted Arts, pictures, books, journals, documents, and photographs tell little-known stories of flight, expulsion, and persecution—but also of how art can give hope. In the permanent exhibition of the museum’s Collection of Art and Literature and the Civic Foundation for Persecuted Arts – Else Lasker-Schüler Center – Gerhard Schneider Art Collection, as well as in the archive, 3,500 objects can be discovered on more than 700 square meters.
Immediately after its founding, the Center for Persecuted Arts expanded its forms of expression through the feature-length documentary film Kichka. Life Is a Cartoon, produced in cooperation with the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art Kraków. Since its founding, the center has also collaborated on the ARD project Auschwitz und Ich (Auschwitz and Me). The accompaniment of projects, exhibitions, and events through films has become an integral part of the museum’s program. Here, you can find many of our films and video contributions…
On the occasion of the museum’s fifth birthday, an association was founded on November 6, 2020 to support and enrich the program. Sebastian Greif, Barbara Antonia Löcherbach, Sylvia Löhrmann (Chairwoman), and Uli Preuß were elected to the board.
The founding of this association would not have been possible without the commitment of the citizens of Solingen. The aim of the association is to bring together interested people from Solingen and the surrounding area and to help shape the cultural life of the city. Would you also like to get involved in the newly founded association and support our museum? Then please contact
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