“Holocaust and Comic Books” at the Holocaust Memorial – until October 30, 2017

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Horst Rosenthal, Mickey Mouse in the Gurs Camp, 1942. Mémorial de la Shoah collection.

Art Spiegelman’s Maus aside, the subject of Holocaust as represented in comic books and graphic novels has remained largely unexamined. Now a heartrendingly beautiful exhibition, “Holocaust and Comic Books” at the Holocaust Memorial (Memorial de la Shoah) in Paris, sheds new light on the often-overlooked representation of this historical tragedy in comics and graphic novels. The exhibition begins with the first eyewitness and victim testimonies of the genocide, including the bittersweet Mickey Mouse in the Gurs Camp, a handbound album by Horse Rosenthal while he was in the French concentration camps. It then goes on to map the gradual political, social and aesthetic changes in the depiction of the Holocaust with an exceptional selection of over 200 rare and original works spanning over a period of 75 years. These include the early anthropomorphisms and gingerly references to the Holocaust in superhero comics to the later use of graphic novels as a means to communicate and educate about the difficult issues of historical tragedies, identity and memories. It is a solemn, well-explained exploration of a subject and a medium quite frequently obscured or forgotten in contemporary sociopolitical and cultural discourse. Details>>

“21 Rue la Boétie” at Musée Maillol – until July 23, 2017

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Georges Braque (1882-1963), Fruit on a Tablecloth, 1924. Fondation Collection E.G. Bührle, Zurich. © ADAGP, Paris, 2017, © Fondation Collection E. G. Bührle, Zurich.

Based on the book My Grandfather’s Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War (originally published in French as 21 Rue la Boétie) by Anne Sinclair, the Musée Maillol exhibition traces the remarkable story of Sinclair’s grandfather, Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959). One of the most influential art dealers of the first half of the 20th century, Rosenberg was a friend and principal dealer of Picasso and brought many of the modern art masters, including Matisse, Léger, Braque and Marie Laurencin, to wider public attention. The exhibition recreates the history of 21, Rue la Boétie, Rosenberg’s family house and art gallery which once served some of the most prominent modern artists and was ironically occupied in 1941 to house the Institute for the Study of Jewish and Ethno-Racial Questions. On view are over sixty rarely seen works that mark the emergence of modern art and the shift of international art market from Paris to New York, but also a detailed section documenting ‘The Great Exhibition of Modern Art’, held at the same time as the exhibition on what was considered as ‘degenerate art’. Details>>

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“Ciao Italia!” at the National Museum of the History of Immigration – until September 10, 2017

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L’heure du café. © Alain Fleischer.
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