The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol is currently hosting an exhibition featuring the work of Polish émigré artist Josef Herman, who was made welcome in Britain after he fled from Poland.
The exhibition follows Herman’s journey as he travelled across four European Cities – Warsaw, Brussels, Glasgow and London – between 1938 and 1944.
The exhibition is open until Sunday 08 July and just a few days before it closes, on Tuesday 03 July, the RWA, in association with DAVAR, the Jewish Institute in Bristol and the South West, will be welcoming the artist’s son, the critic and writer David Herman, who, along with curator Sarah MacDougall, will lead a tour of the exhibition.
Sarah will explain the background of the exhibition and will uncover a number of themes and motifs in the work which reference the artist’s early life and the impact of anti-Semitism and the Second World War.
David Herman will explore the mystery of the ‘unknown’ Herman and will address a number of questions including why so many of the artist’s early works, displayed in the exhibition, had disappeared and why Josef Herman completely re-invented himself as an artist.