Monday, October 20, 2008

Mega Conference on Jewish Art in Poland to Begin

The first Congress of Jewish Art in Poland, a mega-conference drawing dozens of speakers, is due to be held Oct. 27-29 in Kazimierz Dolny, a beautiful town on the Vistula River. It will be devoted to Jewish artists (painters, sculptors, graphic artists, architects) who from the period of the Haskalah until WWII created art centres in Central-Eastern Europe or were connected with these centres, active in Western Europe, Russia, America and the Palestine.

Click here for the program.

Kazmierz Dolny has a long Jewish history and striking Jewish heritage sites.

Holocaust monument at Jewish cemetery, photo (c) Ruth Ellen Gruber

These include the stone synagogue, originally built in the second half of the 18th century, which stands just off the main market square, and a striking Holocaust Memorial, a mosaic-like wall made of fragments of recovered tombstones, at the site of one of the town's two destroyed Jewish cemeteries.

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