Swedish probe painter who used Holocaust victims' ashes - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Offensive Art?

מיידנק מפגש בין דתי Photo: Yair Altman
מיידנק מפגש בין דתי Photo: Yair Altman
 
 

Swedish probe painter who used Holocaust victims' ashes

Police launch investigation into Swedish artist who says he used ashes of Holocaust victims in painting

AFP
Published: 12.07.12, 17:51 / Israel Jewish Scene

Swedish police on Friday said they had launched an investigation into an artist who says he used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims in a watercolor.

 

Carl Michael von Hausswolff claims he used ashes he took from a crematorium at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1989, mixing them with water to create the painting entitled "Memory Works."

'Revolting' Art
Swedish artist uses Shoah victims' ashes / Ynet
Jewish community outraged by picture painted with ashes taken from Majdanek concentration camp's crematoria. 'I am sickened by his work and obsession with necrophilia,' leading community member says of artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Full Story

 

The black-and-white work, featuring vertical brush-strokes in a rectangle representing the suffering of the victims, is on display at the Martin Bryder Gallery in the southern Swedish town of Lund.

 

A member of the public filed a police complaint against Von Hausswolff on December 5 for "disturbing the peace of the dead," calling the artwork a "desecration of human remains," police inspector Annika Johansson told AFP.

 

She said the police complaint was "very unusual," noting that Von Hausswolff took the ashes in Poland, not in Sweden. It was unclear if using the ashes was considered a crime in the Scandinavian country.

 

Police said the prosecutor's office would investigate the case and decide whether to press charges.

 

'Exhibit is offensive'

Gallery owner Martin Bryder refused to comment on the work when contacted by AFP, and said the artist was also unavailable.

 

On the gallery's website, Von Hausswolff explained that he travelled to Poland in 1989 for an exhibit and while there visited the Majdanek concentration camp.

 

"I collected some ashes from one of the crematoriums but didn't use it for the exhibit – the material was too emotionally charged with the cruelties that had taken place there," he said.

 

"In 2010 I pulled out the jar of ashes and decided to 'do something' with it. I took out a few sheets of watercolor paper and decided to cover just a rectangular space with ashes mixed with water.

 

"When I stepped back and looked at the pictures, they 'spoke' to me: figures appeared... as if the ashes contained energy or memories or 'souls' from people... people tortured, tormented and murdered by other people in one of the most ruthless wars of the 20th century."

 

Swedish author and doctor Salomon Schulman condemned the exhibit as "offensive."

 

"I'm never going to step foot inside this gallery to view this desecration of Jewish bodies. Who knows – maybe some of the ashes come from some of my relatives," he wrote in an opinion article in regional daily Sydsvenskan.

 

The gallery's website said the exhibit could only be visited by appointment.

 

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
4 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    למציאת מרחב ההתגוננות האישי שלכם »
    פיקוד העורף מזכיר: יש לחכות 10 דקות במרחב המוגן לפני שיוצאים החוצה
    רשימת יישובים במרחב