03 June 2011
From Dada to Surrealism - JHM Amsterdam 01.06.11 - 02.10.11
(Amsterdam, 31.05.11) A magnificent exhibition of Jewish avant-garde artists from Romania opened at the Jewish Historical Museum (JHM), Amsterdam on 1 June 2011: From Dada to Surrealism, with more than seventy artworks from the period 1910-1938. Most of these works have never been on display before in the Netherlands, or anywhere outside Romania. I am so enthusiastic about the pioneering creativity of the artists and the exceptional quality of the exhibited artworks, that I would strongly encourage you not to miss this unique exhibition running until 2 October 2011.
From the outstanding multilingual JHM Virtual Exhibition we learn: "In the early decades of the twentieth century, the art world was taken by storm by the fearless experimentalism of several Jewish artists from Romania: Tristan Tzara (1895-1962), Victor Brauner (1903-1966), Marcel Janco (1895-1984), and M. H. Maxy (1895-1971). They and the older Romanian artist Arthur Segal (1875-1944) were present at the birth of an influential avant-garde movement. The younger artists Jules Perahim (1914-2008) and Paul Păun (1915-1994), inspired by their predecessors, were at the forefront of Surrealism. Dadaist, Surrealist, abstract, and expressionistic works, personal variations on Constructivism – nothing went too far for them."