Helen Shiner, Oxford (UK): Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943)
This zoom lecture series, hosted by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art, New York and sponsored by Allianz Partners, investigates artists whose life and art were impacted by the German Nazi terror regime 1933-1945.
Moissey Kogan (1879-1943) was an innovative, influential sculptor-craftsman and printmaker, whose career straddled the European avant-gardes of the first half of the 20th century. A cosmopolitan Russian Jew, whose work was marked by his interest in Jewish mysticism and theosophical beliefs, Kogan looked to non-European cultures and ancient sources, in common with many of his contemporaries in Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris, to root his avant-garde experimentations and revivals of ancient techniques, in what were considered more authentic means of expression. He fled the Nazi regime to Paris and was killed in Auschwitz.
Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art