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RECLAIMED: A Family Painting Exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center

Join us at the Skirball Cultural Center for an extraordinary exhibition: "RECLAIMED: A Family Painting" .

On October 21, 2023, we invite you to step into a captivating journey from 1920s  Czechoslovakia to contemporary Los Angeles. Discover the remarkable story of the Bloch family, whose art collection was stolen during the Holocaust.

This exhibition is a testament to the strength and resilience of three generations of Bloch women who continue to reclaim their family's stolen legacy. You'll be immersed in their story through photographs, original furnishings, and the stunning artwork itself.

Exhibition Dates: October 21, 2023 - March 3, 2024
For additional information: https://tinyurl.com/muayrmuc

About the Exhibition

Immerse yourself in the journey of one family—and one painting—from 1920s Czechoslovakia to contemporary Los Angeles. RECLAIMED: A Family Painting tells the story of three generations of women who spent over eighty years trying to recover what the Nazis had stolen from their Jewish family during the Holocaust.  

Featuring imaginative evocations of the family’s home, this spotlight exhibition is grounded in the provenance of a beloved Baroque painting by artist Johann Carl Loth. Take a seat at a recreated dining room table, above which the painting was once displayed, and become immersed in the Bloch family's pre-war art collection and historic furniture. Among the artifacts on view are family photographs, letters, clothing, and suitcases that tell this dramatic story of loss, survival, and justice.

Placing the Bloch family’s story in a larger context, the exhibition also showcases heirless Jewish ritual objects from the Skirball collection and presents information about the New York State Department of Financial Services Holocaust Claims Processing Office—a government agency that provides institutional assistance to victims and their families seeking to recover assets that were lost, stolen, or “sold” under duress due to Nazi persecution prior to and during World War II.

By shedding light on personal and institutional efforts, this original exhibition will introduce visitors to the important work of heritage reclamation.  

Curatorial Acknowledgments

RECLAIMED: A Family Painting is an original Skirball exhibition organized by Associate Curator and Collections Specialist Alissa Schapiro. The exhibition was first conceptualized by former Associate Curator Danielle Killam, and Sophie Aaron, Sarah Daymude, and Natalie Riddick provided curatorial assistance.

More information can be found at: https://www.skirball.org/museum/reclaimed-family-painting