Samson Schames came from a long-established Jewish family in Frankfurt. With the support of his uncle, renowned gallery owner Ludwig Schames, he made his way into the 1920s art scene and began his training as a painter, graphic artist, and stage designer. Schames’s designs, drawings, and oil paintings from the period up to 1933 testify to this artist’s deep connection to Frankfurt and its landscapes.
After the National Socialists came to power, Schames emigrated to London in 1939, where he began creating innovative mosaics from shards of glass, porcelain, and crockery—the material evidence of the bombings. The new cabinet exhibition in the “Art in Exile" room focuses on these large-scale works of art that emerged from the devastation. The presentation focuses on the three important phases of the artist’s life and relates his time in Frankfurt and artistic beginnings to the work he made in British exile and finally to his new home, New York. It also pays homage to the first exhibition the Jewish Museum Frankfurt showed in 1989.
The exhibition was curated by Annika Friedman and developed in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute in New York.
This glass mosaic by Samson Schames (circa 1956) shows a figure blowing the shofar, a traditional instrument made of ram’s horn that is played at the Jewish New Year’s festival of Rosh Hashanah and at the end of the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
Samson (Fritz) Schames, Frankfurt Opera Aquare in Winter, 1930
Oil on canvas, 93.5 × 63.5 cm
Jewish Museum Frankfurt
Samson (Fritz) Schames, The Tear, 1941
Cord and hemp fibre imprint in coloured limewash/cement mass, sherds and profiled wood fragments, in frame
Leo Baeck Institute, New York
Find out more about the Frankfurt artist’s biography in this video by the Leo Baeck Institute, which owns several of Schames’s works.
In a video interview, Dr. Eva Atlan, deputy director of the Jewish Museum, talks about the Schames exhibition the Jewish museum showed in 1989 (available with English subtitles).
The opening will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7 p.m. We kindly ask you to register by Wednesday, January 25th, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission to the cabinet exhibition is free of charge during the opening reception.
On Friday, January 27, 2023, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’re offering an online tour of the exhibition in English language. Exhibition curator Annika Friedman will walk viewers through the show and explain how the artist visualizes his subjects in his mosaics. Prior registration at: email@example.com
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