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MANFRED BOCKELMANN: DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 2018, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION
OPENING: WEDNESDAY MAY 23, 2018
6 - 7 PM | FILM SCREENING "DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION"
7 - 7:30 PM | WELCOMING REMARKS
Christine Moser, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Dr. Carol Rittner, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies Emerita & the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust
Studies Emerita at Stockton University (New Jersey, USA)
Q&A with Manfred Bockelmann
7:30 - 8 PM | OPENING RECEPTION
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) is pleased to announce its upcoming special exhibition Drawing Against Oblivion in the framework of the Austrian Commemoration Year 2018. From May 23 to June 15, Austrian artist Manfred Bockelmann shows a selection of his large-scale charcoal portraits of children and adolescents who fell victim to Nazi terror. With these works, Bockelmann seeks to create "signposts against forgetting." He desires to "give faces to at least a few names and numbers, lifting a few individuals out of the anonymity of statistics."
The exhibition opening features a screening of the documentary Drawing Against Oblivion (2015), which narrates Manfred Bockelmann's development of the not-for-profit exhibition project. A film crew accompanied the artist for 18 months before the project's first presentation at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, capturing his visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp and archives in the United States. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. www.drawing-against-oblivion.com
ABOUT MANFRED BOCKELMANN
Born in 1943 in Klagenfurt, Austria, Manfred Bockelmann has presented his work in more than a hundred solo exhibitions in galleries and art fairs around the globe. After an extended period of abstract oil painting, he is now focused on representational drawings using charcoal on canvas. Bockelmann lives and works in Carinthia, Austria and Munich, Germany. www.manfred-bockelmann.de
EXHIBITION: MAY 23 - JUNE 15, 2018
Open daily 10am - 6pm
Exhibition supported by Esterhazy Winery