September 15, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum announces The Holocaust: Artwork by Murray Zimiles, a new exhibit opening October 25th and running through January 18th, 2015.
Murray Zimiles is a distinguished artist, well-known for artwork that focuses on the Holocaust, and is widely featured in exhibitions and collections across the U.S. and around the world. Over 120 pieces of Zimiles’ work, including drawings, paintings, lithographs and mixed media have been donated to the Museum’s permanent collection, many of which will be on display in the exhibition.
“Knowing that 10 years of my life’s work is going into good hands is the most important and exciting thing I could hope for,” said Zimiles. “The Florida Holocaust Museum is a worthy museum, and I’m beyond happy that they will take care of the collection and display it for others to see.”
Creating much of his work in the mid-1980s, Zimiles found interest in the Holocaust after reading a book about the destruction of Poland’s magnificent wooden synagogues. His large lithographic books, “The Book of Fire” and “To Die with Honor,” use eyewitness accounts to touch on the destruction of Eastern European Jewish life, culture and sacred architecture as well as the doomed last stand of the Warsaw Ghetto. These works have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the New York Public Library and the Jewish Museum (New York) among others.
“We are excited to exhibit the work of Murray Zimiles and honored as the permanent repository for art of this caliber. His works convey moments of rage, isolation and angst and carry incredible emotional impact,” said Erin Blankenship, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum.
Pieces on display from his body of work juxtapose familiar scenes of the Holocaust with domestic animals to symbolize the dehumanization that Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis as well as the latter’s savagery.
Zimiles has worked in several forms of media and moved through multiple phases of artwork about The Holocaust, beginning with very large drawings, some with painted areas, interpreted through the artist’s personal lens of outrage, heartbreak and dismay. Since the 1980s, Zimiles has transitioned from Holocaust-themed pieces to lush, imagined landscapes inhabited by suggestions of animals and human habitation.
Tour the exhibition with Zimiles and enjoy a wine and cheese opening reception on Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to FHM Members and $9 for general admission. RSVPs are required by calling 727.820.0100, Ext. 271.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.