The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art
121 Bennett Avenue Suite 12A
New York, NY 10033
Director/Person-In-Charge: Rachel Stern
Year established: 2014
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The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc. re-discovers artists, whose careers were interrupted or destroyed by the Nazi terror regime, and who themselves were persecuted, ostracized or banned. International collaborations on exhibitions, research initiatives and publications in print and/or digital media introduce the work of these artists to an international public. With our work we commemorate their artistic achievements and initiate an active dialogue about individuality and artistic integrity in response to conditions of extreme duress and to political tyranny.
Publications: Exhibition catalogues; regular newsletters; educational materials.
Exhibits: Fritz Ascher, Expressionist (Berlin, 1893-1970); Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana and Kitra Cahana
Touring exhibitions, research initiatives, publications in print and/or digital media, educational programs, lectures, panel discussions and conferences (both in-person and virtual)
Art and Remembrance
Exhibit Name: Fritz Ascher, Expressionist (Berlin, 1893-1970)
Size: 1,800-2,200 square feet
Availability: until 2025
Rental Fee: Yes – Call for fee plus shipping and insurance
Who Bears Fee: exhibitor
Contact: Rachel Stern 917-363-0056 or use website contact form https://fritzaschersociety.org/contact/
Description: Fritz Ascher, Expressionist (Berlin 1893-1970) is the first ever comprehensive retrospective of Fritz Ascher’s art. Surviving two world wars and Nazi persecution in Berlin, Ascher developed his unique artistic voice in paintings, works on paper and poems.
The exhibition shows a representative group of ca. 75 works (25 paintings and 50 works on paper) spanning Fritz Ascher’s oeuvre from first academic studies to monumental Expressionist figure compositions to mature landscapes. While hiding in 1942-45, Ascher wrote poems that are included as “unpainted pictures.”
This exhibition allows a deep investigation into the connection between Ascher’s visual art and his poems, and into the influence of the artist’s biographical and historical context as a German Jew during the Weimar Republic, the Hitler regime and in post-war Germany. In addition, the exhibition initiates an active dialogue about individuality and artistic integrity in response to conditions of extreme duress and to political tyranny that is so relevant today.
Exhibition catalogue: 300-page scholarly book (English/German)
Biographical film in English and German (20 minutes)
Educational materials (digital and in print): https://fritzaschersociety.org/learn/
Website Resource: Digital exhibition https://fritzaschersociety.org/fritz-ascher-themes-and-variations/
High-resolution images of pictures for publicity and press use
This exhibit requires museum-level environment, lighting and security.