Friday, December 1, 2017

The Distortion Of Beauty


Photo Courtesy Of The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial

Behold "The Four Graces" painted by an unknown prisoner of Auschwitz. It makes one wonder what condition it takes to create such a striking element as great art comes from great pain, presumably, right? Or is that the myth of the tortured artist? No, not here. And sadly or gladly - depending on which lens you're looking through - there's more where this came from.

To satisfy their seemingly endless craving for the implementation of human creative mastery and imagination, and to enable a staple stream of unsalaried artwork, the Schutzstaffel, better known as SS would maintain a list, of those trapped in their killing machine, who had graduated from the top schools of fine arts in the Northern Hemisphere.

Despairing.

On a more cheerful note, however, objects created by and/or belonging to the victims and survivors of the Shoah are about to be displayed on a large scale.

"Not Long Ago. Not Far Away" - a travelling exhibition dedicated to the Nazi concentration camp and its historical significance debuts today in Madrid, Spain. The items of interest will tour 14 cities around seven countries in Europe and North America respectively. What's more, considering the turbulent times we live in, it must all be seen.

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