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Heinz Henghes (1906-1975) was born in Hamburg in 1906, a ‘Mischling’ of mixed Jewish and German descent. In America for almost 10 years before returning to Europe at a time of great political unrest Heinz spent time in Italy where he enjoyed the patronage of Ezra Pound, despite Pounds noted anti-semitism. In London at the outbreak of war Heinz was interned and sent to Australia on the notorious ship the Dunera.

Ian Henghes, the artist’s son, will speak about his father’s extraordinary story and the contact he had with other artists, writers and thinkers of his time.

Image above: Heinz Henghes in Milan studio ca 1935 © Ian Henghes

Heinz Henghes, Erda, 1934. Carrara marble  © Ian Henghes

Heinz Henghes, The Long Road Back, 6 Dec 1940. ink on paper  © Ian Henghes

Ian Henghes is an online communications specialist working primarily in the arts, education and charitable sectors. Initially trained in photography, film and television, Ian founded a video editing company in London’s Soho in the 1980s, and in the 1990s was project leader for public access systems for the British Museum and the Corporation of London, as well as websites for Microsoft, the BBC and many others. A long-term project that is about to be relaunched is historyworld.net, a major world history website with highly interactive timelines.
Ian is also the son of Heinz Henghes.

Heinz Henghes, Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner, 1953 © Ian Henghes

Heinz Henghes, Ezra Pound, 1975. Egg tempera © Ian Henghes

This event is part of the online series “Flight or Fight. stories of artists under repression.”

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