We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition in partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From September 15 through October 30, students will interact with panels on Holocaust history, as well as information on other genocides, in the campus library.
This initiative is part PolyU’s annual Read@ event series, which this year centers on John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. On October 7 students heard from Holocaust survivor Silvain Gilbert. On October 13 and 20, they will watch the film based on Boyne’s book and partake in a post-screening discussion on the film.
The HKHTC was delighted to jointly host two exhibitions, in collaboration with Hong Kong University and the Goethe-Institut HongKong of the artwork of renowned Holocaust survivor and artist Sara Atzmon.
Mrs. Atzmon’s Holocaust-themed work was on display from February 25th- May 4th at the University Museum and Art Gallery at Hong Kong University and concurrently, in April at the Goethe Institut Hong Kong.
The exhibition opening on February 25th was widely reported in the press.
The exhibition was also profiled in HK Magazine, The Standard, Sing Tao, as well as ‘Editors choice’ in the SCMP weekend listings for the full run of the exhibition.
Over 460 students visited the exhibition as part of organised school tours.
On April 4th, Dr Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, gave a guided visit and lecture about the paintings of Sara Atzmon, was exhibiting her art at the Museum in conjunction with the HKHTC and Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
“Ms. Atzmons artworks, many of which are large-scale, highly impactful paintings, reflect the artist’s memories of her horrible experiences during the Shoah. In 1944, Ms. Atzmon was first deported to Strasshof and from there she was sent to Bergen-Belsen under terrible circumstances. As an adult, Ms. Atzmon became a talent painter dedicated to use her, often very dramatic and explicit, paintings, to bring awareness to the cruel times in our fairly recent past, and to educate a young generation to treasure and practice tolerance, and foster understanding and compassion between people of different religions and cultural backgrounds”
This exhibition was running in parallel with Mrs Atzmon’s exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong. The Goethe-Institut also screened three excellent Holocaust related films to compliment their educational work, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism and the 25th anniversary of re-unification.
The artworks exhibited varied from the pieces at UMAG and wonderfully complimented the exposure of Mrs Atzmons educational and artistic work to the Hong Kong public.
Goethe-Institut received over 530 individual vistors to the exhibition as well as at least 100 students who visited on pre arranged tours.