• Exhibition : A Door into the Past – Paintings for my Mother

        Exhibition : A Door into the Past – Paintings for my Mother

        Zerstörte Vielfalt –
        Berlin 1933-1939-1945

        Schöneburg Jugend Museum, Berlin 21 May – 31 August 2013

      • Exhibition : The Bureaucracy of Terror

        Zerstörte Vielfalt –
        Berlin 1933-1939-1945

        Ephraim Palais Stadtmuseum, Berlin 5th September 2013 -19th January 2014

        The Bureaucracy of Terror :
        visual responses to archival research by Barbara Loftus

      • Book : Sigismund’s Watch: a tiny catastrophe

        Book : Sigismund’s Watch: a tiny catastrophe

        Published by Phillip Wilson Publishing to coincide with the exhibition at the Freud Museum. 111 pages 55 illustrations.

        A monograph on the work of Barbara Loftus with contributions from Monica Bohm-Duchen Art Historian and Esther Leslie, Professor in Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck  University of London.

      • Exhibition : Sigismund’s watch: a tiny catastrophe

        Exhibition : Sigismund’s watch: a tiny catastrophe

        The Freud Museum  London

        An exhibition of paintings and images on paper by Barbara Loftus

        Curated by Monica Bohm-Duchen

        5th October – 13th November 2011

        The Freud Museum presents Barbara Loftus’s investigation into the recollections of her mother Hildegard, who fled Germany as a Jewish refugee in 1939. Her cycle of works examines the domestic impact of German hyperinflation on an assimilated Jewish family at a time when a climate of fear, suspicion and destabilization in the collective German psyche dealt a fatal blow to the fragile concept of the German-Jewish symbiosis. The historic equation of the Jew and money re-emerged as the scapegoat for the failing mark and the brutalising effect of hyperinflation which undermined the Weimar Republic and laid the foundations for the Third Reich and the rise of Hitler.

        Sigismund’s watch narrates a ‘primal scene’ from the early 1920s, recollected by Hildegard when, as a small child, she witnessed, unseen by her parents, a bitter marital row. The cause was her father, Sigismund’s bankruptcy, which inflicted sudden impoverishment on their comfortable bourgeois way of life. She saw her mother tear her father’s gold pocket watch from his waistcoat pocket, stamp on it and smash it.

        The ruined watch became a symbol for the chaos into which Hildegard’s family and many other Germans were plunged overnight. The story is told through a cycle of paintings and images on paper, contextualised by historical material and quotations from the Weimar period.

        Venue details

        20 Maresfield Gardens
        NW3 5SX

        020 7435 2002

        opening hours:  Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm

        Admission: Adults £6.00; Senior citizens £4.50; Concessions £3.00, Children under 12 free

        Transport: Finchley Road tube and Frognal overground, Buses13,82 and 113

      • Exhibition : Wir Waren Nachbarn  [We Were Neighbours]

        Exhibition : Wir Waren Nachbarn [We Were Neighbours]

        Ratthaus Schoneburg : Berlin, Germany

        An exhibition of 131 biographical albums documenting the lives and sufferings of Jewish citizens of Berlin Schoneburg and Tempelhof. One album is devoted to the life of the artist’s mother Hildegard Basch