Program

Boris Lurie in his studio | © BLAF

Friday 29 August 2014 at 4 p.m.
Friday 24 October 2014 at 4 p.m. 

Image Analysis

Psychological analysis of artworks by Dr. Hans-Christian Heiling
Art is a medium that conveys people’s fundamental life issues, conflicts and how to solve these. For example, we are constantly required to forge new bonds with people, things and jobs. However, every bond invariably implies its own end as well. Through art, we can understand how to deal with this in everyday life, without ever being consciously aware of it.
As an introduction to this unique form of art appreciation, we would ask you all to interact intensively with one work of art each. Allow yourself 10 to 15 minutes to examine the work and note what comes to mind when doing so. In the workshops, you can penetrate through to the core of the work through your individual experience of the picture. Unburdened by a prior knowledge of art, the work can take effect and let its wisdom unfold. We conduct these workshops on a voluntary basis in cooperation with Museumsdienst Köln and the Psychology department of Cologne University.

Venue: NS Documentation Centre (EL-DE-Haus) | Meeting point: Museum ticket desk | Admission: free 


Boris Lurie  |  Railroad to America  |  1963  |  extract  |  © BLAF

Sunday 7 September 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sunday 19 October 2014 at 2 p.m. 

SHOAH and PIN-UPS

Documentary film (Germany 2006 | 88 Min.) followed by a guided tour of the exhibition with Heike Rentrop
Far from any comfort zone, Lurie’s works are best described as provocative in the extreme.
On more than one occasion, the observer cannot help but wonder whether an artist is really allowed to go this far. All his life, the Holocaust survivor recalled the annihilation of the Jews with his own unique blend of advertising, pornography and politics. He juxtaposes images of atrocities with pornographic elements, bringing together the beautiful and naked, murder victims and escapees in a context that does not reveal itself at first glance.
Lurie was one of the founders of the NO!art movement in New York in the late 1950s, which emerged as an adversary to abstract expressionism and the nascent pop art scene. His extreme, provocative works plumb the depths of human existence.
Is Lurie’s art too much for its audience? These questions are explored in the guided tour.

Venue: NS Documentation Centre (EL-DE-Haus) | Meeting point: Museum ticket desk | Admission: €10 


war series 50

Boris Lurie  |  war series 50  |  1976 |  extract  |  © BLAF

Monday 15 September 2014 at 6 p.m.

Exclusive

for members of EL-DE-Haus e.V.
Tour of the special exhibition with Heike Rentrop

Die Ausstellung im NS-DOK zeigt die extrem provokativen Werke von Boris Lurie, einem lettischen Juden, der den Holocaust überlebt hat und im Amerika der späten 1950er-Jahre bewusst ein Zeichen gegen die zeitgenössische Kunst und Kulturszene setzen will.

The exhibition in the NS Documentation Centre in Cologne showcases the extremely provocative works of Boris Lurie, a Latvian Jew who survived the Holocaust and went on to make a clear and conscious statement against the contemporary art and cultural scene in late 1950s America.
Boris Lurie’s work can only be understood in the context of his personal life and survival story. To begin with, the family were interred in the Riga ghetto; while he and his father survived several concentration camps as inmates that were deemed “fit for work”, his mother, grandmother and sister were murdered. In the USA, he experienced a society that had no interest in the Holocaust and was repulsed by the consumerist elements that held sway and that were even reflected in its art. In his own work, he combined social criticism with his personal experiences in the Holocaust.

Venue: NS Documentation Centre (EL-DE-Haus) | Meeting point: Museum ticket desk | Admission: free


      


6 p.m.
»SHOAH and PIN-UPS«
Documentary film about Boris Lurie
By Reinhild Dettmer-Finke, Matthias Reichelt
Germany 2006 | 88 min
Followed by discussion of the film with Reinhild Dettmer-Finke and Matthias Reichelt


8:30 p.m.
»We were there« – Riga Ghetto
Documentary film about Riga Ghetto
Phönix Medienakademie
Germany 2013 | 98 min

Saturday 27 September 2014 at 6 p.m.

The long Boris Lurie Film Night

»SHOAH and PIN-UPS«  New York-based NO!artist Boris Lurie breaks taboos, bringing together elements that do not belong: gas chamber victims and naked bodies, Holocaust and pin-ups. Lurie does not see his art as perverse, but rather as the expression of a perverse society. Just like the Impressionists, he would have liked to have painted more pleasant subject matter, but something always prevented him from doing so. This film goes in search of that something – from Riga and Buchenwald to 1950s and 1960s New York.

»We were there« – Riga Ghetto  The deportation of some 24,000 Jews from the German Reich to Riga. Around 20,000 were confined to the “rich Jew ghetto”, while over 4,500 were shot directly after arriving in Riga.
Before the German, Austrian and Czech Jews arrived at the ghetto, the Latvian ghetto was liquidated – over 27,000 Latvian Jews were shot on 30 November and 8 December 1941 to make room. Accounts by contemporary witnesses.

Venue: Filmhauskino, Maybachstr. 111, 50670 Cologne
Admission for both films €9 | €7.50 (reduced)| Admission for individual films €6.50 | €5 (reduced)


Boris Lurie  |  Amerique/Lumuma Dead »Lumumba…is…dead«  |  1960/61  |  © BLAF

Sunday 5 October 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sunday 2 November 2014 at 2 p.m. 

Guided Tour

of the special exhibition with Heike Rentrop
Far from any comfort zone, Lurie’s works are best described as provocative in the extreme.
On more than one occasion, the observer cannot help but wonder whether an artist is really allowed to go this far. All his life, the Holocaust survivor recalled the annihilation of the Jews with his own unique blend of advertising, pornography and politics. He juxtaposes images of atrocities with pornographic elements, bringing together the beautiful and naked, murder victims and escapees in a context that does not reveal itself at first glance.
Lurie was one of the founders of the NO!art movement in New York in the late 1950s, which emerged as an adversary to abstract expressionism and the nascent pop art scene. His extreme, provocative works plumb the depths of human existence.
Is Lurie’s art too much for its audience? These questions are explored in the guided tour.

Venue: NS Documentation Centre (EL-DE-Haus) | Meeting point: Museum ticket desk | Admission: €6 


Boris Lurie  |  No (Red and Black) »Feel-Painting-No with Red«  |  1963  |  extract   |  © BLAF

Thursday 30 October 2014 at 7 p.m.

Boris Lurie: NO!art

Lecture by Heike Rentrop
Boris Lurie (1924-2008), Holocaust survivor and American artist, is one of the most controversial artists of his time.
The “NO!art” movement that he co-founded at the end of the 1950s saw itself as subjective, political and provocative – a conscious backlash against the art market of the day with its emerging young pop artists. For decades, he shocked the public with dramatic art campaigns against nuclear weapons testing, racism and the oppression of women.
Boris Lurie also channelled into his works his experiences in Riga Ghetto and various Nazi concentration camps.
Given his own painful history, the murder of family members and his sweetheart, he is unwilling and unable to make peace with contemporary art. This lecture explores this phenomenon.

Venue: NS Documentation Centre (EL-DE-Haus) | Meeting point: Museum ticket desk | Admission: €4.50 | €2 (reduced) 


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