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Virtual Talk: Finding Gerty: Exhibiting Gerty Simon’s work for the first time in eighty-five years

September 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Alexander Iolas (1907-1987), Greek/American art collector, dancer, gallerist

Alexander Iolas (1907-1987), Greek/American art collector, dancer, gallerist, photographed by Gerty Simon, c. 1930s. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.

Join us for this online English-language event with the curators of The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Berlin-London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon exhibition and Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee’s current show, Gerty Simon. Berlin/ London. A Photographer in Exile.

Dr Lucy Wasensteiner and Dr Barbara Warnock will discuss the genesis and development of their respective exhibitions and provide an insight into the life, work and career of German Jewish photographer Gerty Simon, who photographed many of the leading cultural and political figures of her day in Berlin, and then, in exile after 1933 in London. This year at Liebermann-Villa, Simon’s work is on display in Germany for the first time since her flight to Britain after the accession to power of the Nazi Party.

About the speakers:

Dr Lucy Wasensteiner is Director at Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee in Berlin. Her publications include The Twentieth Century German Art Exhibition: Answering Degenerate Art in 1930s London (2019) and the edited volume Sites of Interchange: Modernism, Politics and Culture between Britain and Germany 1919-1950 (forthcoming).

Dr Barbara Warnock is the Senior Curator and Head of Education at The Wiener Holocaust Library and the author, with John March, of Berlin-London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon (2019).

Event guidelines:

1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.

4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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September 9, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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