“The Holocaust and the Book of Fire” by Murray Zimiles Opening Reception and Performance in conjunction with Keep St Pete Lit and Second Saturday ArtWalk
August 21, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to present the exhibition The Holocaust and the Book of Fire by Murray Zimiles. The exhibition opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 9th at 5:30 p.m. and in conjunction with Keep St Pete Lit and the Second Saturday ArtWalk, nine writers will perform their short stories, poems, and imaginings inspired by this exhibition.
The paintings, drawings, prints, and artist’s books by Murray Zimiles are graphic statements meant to engage and propel the viewer into a whirlwind of fire and devastation. In these powerful works, Zimiles deals with the perceived absence of God and the absence of civilization during the Holocaust.
About his work, Murray Zimiles says, “At first I had depicted the destruction of a people, then I found I could allude to the genocide by showing the burning of the beautiful wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe. To an artist the systematic destruction of buildings, art works, and artifacts is a particularly painful aspect of the destruction of a people.”
The exhibition opening reception and performance is free and open to the public. Complimentary beer, wine, and snacks will be served. To reserve your seat, please call 727.820.0100, extension 301.
The Holocaust and the Book of Fire by Murray Zimiles opens to the public on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and is on display through Sunday, December 31, 2017 at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
2017 marks a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.
Photos and credits
Self Portrait, 1984. –The Florida Holocaust Museum
Destroying the Stones, 1988. –The Florida Holocaust Museum