JEWISH TRACES IN THE LÜTZE COLLECTION
Opening on Friday, 8th of October 2021, 7 pm
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To mark 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany, the Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen is mounting an exhibition to celebrate this anniversary. On show will be works by the Jewish artists Maria Lemmé, Käthe Löwenthal and Ludwig Meidner from the Lütze Collection. Because the collection only includes very few works by these artists, the exhibition will additionally feature loans from the Städtische Galerie Böblingen. The focus will also be on a painting by Otto Dix which casts a special light on Jewish life in Germany.
The portrait of Marfried Hettner in mourning by Dix’s hand counts among the most important works held in the Sindelfingen collection. In this picture, the sitter is seen mourning the death of her father-in-law Otto Hettner, a friend of Dix’s. After the Nazis seized power, the fate of this young woman with Jewish roots took a sad and dramatic turn. The other Jewish artists in the exhibition suffered similarly. Based on this story, the show spotlights the biographies of the Jewish artists Maria Lemmé, Käthe Löwenthal and Ludwig Meidner. The stories of their lives are accompanied by an introduction to the history of Jewish life in Sindelfingen.
Curated by Sebastian Schmitt