From Vienna to Jerusalem

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This comprehensive exhibition is based on Smadar Sheffi’s doctoral dissertation submitted to the Hebrew University. Sheffi highlights the oeuvre of Grete Wolf Krakauer, who emigrated from Vienna to Palestine-Eretz Israel in 1924, Modernism, Austrian Socialism and works made at different stages of her long career in Israel. Wolf Krakauer turned a direct, critical gaze on her new country, with a critical examination that was fundamentally different from her contemporaries, the “Eretz Israel painters.” Her view of the residents of Mandatory Palestine and the settlement enterprise was quite sober, despite her willing recruitment to the propaganda program of the Zionist institutions. Since her passing in 1970, her works were hardly exhibited, and the encounter with them, for example, portraits of Palestinian Arab and Bedouin women, from the 1930s, is surprising. Along with Wolf Krakauer’s works, the exhibition features works by guest artists Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Anna Yam and Marik Lechner, who immigrated to Israel during the past few decades. Their current works are associated visually with thin strands to Wolf Krakauer’s experience of immigration with the understanding of alienation as a state within adaptation and assimilation.

Grete Wolf Krakauer

From Vienna to Jerusalem

Curator: Dr. Smadar Sheffi | Assistant Curator: Shelly Liebowitz Kalaora

March-July 2018