UNI Gallery of Art to present Fritz Hirschberger exhibition

Fritz Hirschberger Artwork

The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present a new exhibit, "Fritz Hirschberger: Sur-Rational Paintings and The Fifth Horseman" from Monday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Nov. 27. A lecture by Jodi Elowitz titled "After Such Knowledge: The Sur-Rational Holocaust Paintings of Fritz Hirschberger" will be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in the Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

Elowitz is outreach coordinator for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, organizer of this traveling exhibition. The exhibition and lecture were organized by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, and funded by the UNI College of Humanities, Art and Sciences and the UNI Faculty Senate.

Fritz Hirschberger painted deeply layered, richly colored and angry evocations of Nazi barbarities. Expelled from Germany in 1938, Hirschberger fought in the Polish Army against the Nazis, survived a Soviet labor camp, and later fought against Rommel's forces in North Africa. Following the war, he studied art in London and New York where he began developing his skills; however, it was only after retirement in the 1980s that he began to truly concentrate on the horrors of World War II.

Drawing on European Renaissance, early 20th century German Expressionism, and medieval German Moritat traditions, Hirschberger filled his "Sur-Rational" and "Fifth Horseman" paintings with powerful and iconic imagery, many of which he paired with texts drawn from the works of Sylvia Plath, Alice Rogoff, and the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

The UNI Gallery of Art will continue to present the UNI Permanent Art Collection exhibition titled "Masters at Mid-Century," which will run through Dec. 15.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday and by appointment.

For more information, visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery/Home.html or call 319-273-3095.