ARBIT BLATAS’ Gouache of Ghetto Synagogues Chosen for a Major Exhibition at
The Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy

The Lithuanian-born artist and sculptor ARBIT BLATAS (1908-1999) will be represented in the exhibition "VENICE, THE JEWS AND EUROPE: 1516-2016" at the famed Ducal Palace in Venice, Italy, starting June 19, 2016. The highlight of the Quinticentennial year of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice--which was founded in 1516 to segregate the Jews from the rest of Venice--the exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia in The Doge’s Apartments of The Ducal Palace. A visible and symbolic event to mark this historic anniversary, the exhibition will be on view from June 19 to November 13, 2016, and illustrates the complicated relationship between the Jews and civic Italian society throughout their long residence ⋅ in the lagoon, in the Veneto, and in Europe and ⋅ the Mediterranean.

Blatas, who fled Nazi-occupied Europe, and who was the youngest member of the School of Paris, is well represented in the Venice Ghetto. In the historic Venetian Ghetto, Blatas’ The Monument of the Holocaust, consisting of seven powerful bas-reliefs, and his sculpture The Last Train, a monument honoring the deportation of the Jews from the Ghetto, are both on permanent display. The Blatas work selected for this particular commemoration and exhibition by the Universitá di Venezia is a rare gouache, entitled Synagogues of the Venice Ghetto, and offers great contrast to his other, monumental Holocaust works.

During his lifetime, Arbit Blatas was named the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Government, received the Gold Medal of Honor of the City of Venice, Medal of Masada, Special Honor of the City of New York, Commandeur - Médaille de Vermeil in Paris, and the Presidential Medal of Italy. For the Ducal Palace exhibition, Blatas’ gouache of the ghetto synagogues is on loan from the Estate of Regina Resnik Blatas, and will join extraordinary works by Vittore Carpaccio, from The Louvre in Paris and from The Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan; Giovanni Bellini, from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie de Besançon; and Marc Chagall, from the Museum of Ca’ Pesaro, in Venice.

The acclaimed film documentary The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venice, narrated by Regina Resnik, is available on DVD from Video Artists International (VAI #4569) or by calling toll free: 1-800-477-7146

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