Modernism sans frontières
Speaker: Rachel Rose Smith
A selection of recent essay films – poignant, thought-provoking, sometimes darkly humorous and frequently disturbing – made by UK-based members of the so-called ‘Second Generation’, namely, the children of refugees from Nazi Europe and/or Holocaust survivors, whose work explores the complex and necessarily problematic legacy of their families’ experiences.
The hugely influential Lawn Road Flats, or Isokon building, was commissioned by visionary couple Jack and Molly Pritchard and designed by architect Wells Coates. Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (Batsford) by Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund tells the extraordinary story of Isokon, and how its network of residents helped shape modern Britain.
In the summer of 1941, the French government began confiscating businesses, real estate, financial assets and art works from Jews across the country. Victims of both Nazi and Vichy laws, French Jews were stripped of their property and excluded from every sphere of political, social and economic life – a prelude to their physical elimination. Meanwhile, during the Occupation of 1940-1944, France’s art market thrived.
Albert Reuss (1889-1975) was a Jewish émigré artist. Born in Vienna, he fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, losing family, possessions and his reputation as an artist. In 1948, he moved to Mousehole, Cornwall, where he continued to work as an artist, but his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered.
Senate House, University of London Aspects of Exile This series of lectures, running from February to December 2019, will be given by members of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, based at the Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London, who all have a strong interest in German-speaking exile from Nazism. The lectures cover a broad…