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"Shoshannah Brombacher: Amsterdam, Jerusalem, Berlin, New York"
2003-12-17 until 2004-01-01
Union for Reform Judism (UAHC)
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
Union for Reform Judism (UAHC) in New York, presents "Shoshannah Brombacher: Amsterdam, Jerusalem, Berlin, New York" an exhibition of 19 works, both oil paintings and drawings. The themes of the works mainly focus on the artist's impressions of international cities and also explore Judaic themes. Shoshannah Brombacher states - Art makes the world within the artist visible. Classical music, Jewish stories, poetry and traveling, the love for people, and memories of all those things form the main ingredients of my art.
Brombacher , who is orginally from The Netherlands, has shown extensively in Europe, Isreal and the US.
From Shoshannah Brombacher's artist statement: "My art is like the water of the canals of my native Amsterdam, the city of Rembrandt: the deeper you look into it, the more you see. A reflection of a reflection of a reflection...look, what you see is not what you see.
My art reflects stories and poetry, travels and memories, of era's gone but not forgotten, and of the cities where I lived and worked: Amsterdam, Berlin, Jerusalem, New York. Classical music plays a big role. Judaism and especially Chassidism play a big role. My art is not complete without texts, letters, it is writing come alive. It reflects my connections with the Dutch 17th century Masters, with German expressionism, with Russian art and with medieval miniatures. I was so fortunate to have an academic career before I became a full time artist. I studied Ancient Middle Eastern languages and Hebrew literature (especially poetry) and codicology in Leyden (Holland), and I lectured at the Free University of Berlin before I came to New York. I came into close contact with many old manuscripts, e.g. in the Jewish Muuseum of Amsterdam, with more modern Hebrew and Yiddish books of the famous book collector Dr U. Von Kritter in Bad Homburg (Germany). This provided me with a good background to delve into the many interesting Jewish themes you find in my artistic work.
"My art is also a tribute to the world of the great Chassidic masters of Eastern Europe, the world of the shtetl that lives on in many stories. The Kotzker Rebbe listened to a storyteller in the street and stated: 'He told what he wanted and I heard what I needed.' That is Art."
Shoshannah Brombacher is a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absoltuearts.com. More of her work can be seen at: absolutearts.com/portfolios/s/shoshannah.
Oil on canvas
36 X 24
Brombacher is greatly influenced by classical music. This canvas shows Beethoven conducting one of his own concerts. The keys of the piano are at the same time the tracks of the subway on which the composer walks while listening to him self. At the left side of the tracks are the Brandenburger Tor and the skyline of Berlin, at the right side a performance of a ballet and Schloss Charlottenburg, all places and events which the artist has special memories of. She has made a whole series of Beethoven in cities where she lived or which she visited, like New York, Prague, Limburg in Holland, Amsterdam etc.