NEW YORK (Feb. 18)
The American-Israeli Cultural Foundation said today that an exhibition of 38 paintings by Jewish artists murdered in the Nazi holocaust will be held at its Gallery of Israeli Art here from Feb. 27 March 14.
The paintings were made available by Joseph S. Gruss, who has collected them for the past 20 years, who said that in revisiting Paris Immediately after World War II, he learned of the death of many Jewish friends who had been artists and who had lived in Paris after migrating there from Jewish centers throughout Europe. He then conceived the idea of keeping their memories alive by finding and exhibiting their paintings. The exhibit will include a letter on the tragedy of the Jewish artists, written in Yiddish by Marc Chagall, with an English translation.
After the exhibit, the collection will be shown at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion of the Tel Aviv Museum in April and then will be moved to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where a special pavilion for the murdered artists is being built with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Gruss. Part of the Gruss collection will be housed permanently in the pavilion.