The Art of Samuel Bak: A Retrospective
11 November 2013 - 28 February, 2014
This exhibition is of great personal importance to Samuel Bak. The majority of the South African Jewish community are decedents of Lithuanian Jewry, including his direct relatives. The utter destruction of Lithuanian Jewry during the Holocaust has meant that the South African Jewish community are the closest remaining link Bak has to the community and culture of his childhood. This is why Bak has chosen the SA Jewish Museum as the venue of the first full retrospective of his entire artistic career. In a career of over fifty years, he has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. For this exhibition he has personally curated the forty works on display, which include works from his personal collection which have never previously been exhibited.
The SAJM is honoured to be the venue of such a seminal exhibition. It will be our task to make his art known among the survivors of the Rwandan genocide, refugees from the African continent, and all those that have been affected by the horrors of racism, xenophobia and genocide.
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