The Jewish New Year is upon us, and it feels as if the New keeps coming.
The exhibition “The Loner. Clowns in Fritz Ascher’s Art (1893-1970)” at Forum Jacob Pins in Höxter, Germany was opened with an event following social distancing rules, my video greeting and a concert in the courtyard. The exhibition is on view until November 29, and I very much encourage you to see it (more information HERE).
In the exhibition, Ascher’s depictions of clowns are contrasted with depictions of nature, which dominated his post-Holocaust work. Inspired by the nearby Grunewald, the artist created vivid landscapes and powerful close-ups of the sun, trees and flowers, which celebrate the survival and continuity of nature. The strength and resilience of the trees which defy storms and seasons, become symbols of human hope.