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Max Oppenheimer Art is Shown in Vienna

One of the forgotten great artists of Austrian Jewry is receiving belated recognition this summer at Vienna’s recently opened Jewish Museum.

The museum is showing a retrospective of the works of Max Oppenheimer, who died 40 years ago, alone and forgotten. Oppenheimer, once a famed painter known throughout Europe, fled the Nazis in 1938, the year Austria was declared part of Germany.

The Jewish Museum of Vienna has gathered Oppenheimer’s scattered works from many European countries, Israel and the United States for this avant-garde artist’s first retrospective.

The museum’s curators say this exhibit is taking place not only because Oppenheimer was Jewish but in order to “rectify an omission” created by the Nazis, who had labeled his art “degenerate.”

The exhibition will remain through Sept. 18.

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