The Hirszenberg Brothers – In Search of the Promised Land

Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
From 30 March until 4 June 2017

The Hirszenberg Brothers – In Search of the Promised Land exhibition is one of the events celebratory of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, an institution of post-war Polish most vital for the preservation and propagation of the heritage of Polish Jews. The exhibition offers a globally unique monographic presentation of the surviving oeuvre of two painters, brothers Samuel and Leon, and of their younger brother Henryk, an architect. Alongside Maurycy Gottlieb, Samuel is considered one of the precursors of ‘Jewish art’ in Poland. The work of Leon and Henryk has until now remained virtually unknown.


The present selection includes some of the Hirszenberg brothers’ best works, arranged within a modern space. Works by each of the brothers are presented against different colour backgrounds of blue, red, or yellow. In this a symbolic reference is made to the Neoplastic Room designed by Władysław Strzemiński for the Museum of Art in Łódź. Works by the Hirszenbergs, whose lives were linked with Łódź, are presented in a dialogue of ideas, both with regard to their creators’ lives and oeuvre, and in relation to the achievements of the Polish avant-garde we celebrate the centenary of this year.

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