"Office File made of Brown Cardboard", tribute to Felix Bloch, 13. 5. 2016
Curator: Ruti Liubin
During my visit in Beit Theresienstadt, Museum that preserves the memory of martyrs from Ghetto Theresienstadt in Givat Haim Ihud, I was impressed by exciting work by an artist Felix (Ferdinand) Bloch from 1943. On brown Office File describes the artist the life in Ghetto. Felix Bloch, professional graphic designer, depicts in a symbolic way and impressive sketch technique chaos in between the walls of Ghetto. The thing which drew my attention, and to the great extent poured additonal dramatic meaning to the works of Felix Bloch, was the format the artist choose to immortalize his life. This choice was of course not his preference, but lack of any other option.
Felix Bloch, who worked in „Room of Painters“, Technique Dpt. of Ghetto Theresienstadt, used old office file and secretly sketch the comedy of life played in Ghetto Theresienstadt in 1943, just one year before he was tortured to death. His pictures was later used as a testimony during the processes with Nazis.
Lots of artist both from Israel and abroad paid him homage by using office files for their works, like this they created exceptional, impressive and exciting display full of memories and pain which remebers this talented artist which succeeded to immortalize one day of hell in Ghetto Theresienstadt.
The artists used various techniques like print, photography, sketch, collage, ready made, etching, embossment, oil and acrylic colours, but all worked with office files, this made the display curious and exciting.
Felix Bloch has created a painted document, visual testimony, with rare value, under conditions of genocide, in the midst of chaos, tragedy and monstrosity without any hope. Under these circumstances he even would not think that seventy year after his tragic death his intimate work would be praised by lots of artist from all around the world which is trying to heal itself.
The vernissage will take place on Friday, 13. 5. 2016, hebrew month of Iyar, at 12:00 in Water Institute The Municipal Gallery, Givataim