Restoring the Legacy of a Lost Jewish Master of the Avant-Garde

Black and white woodcut depicting three crouching female nudes

Restoring the Legacy of a Lost Jewish Master of the Avant-Garde A Talk for the Limmud Festival of Jewish Life, Learning and Culture 2023   In early 1958, standing in front of his painting, I and the Village, when interviewed for the US press, Marc Chagall started to reminisce about his lost friends from the … Continue reading Restoring the Legacy of a Lost Jewish Master of the Avant-Garde

Paean to a Beloved Daughter

A woodcut by Moissey Kogan depicting two entwined stylised crouching nudes in black and white

Paean to a Beloved Daughter   Some time before 1925, Moissey Kogan was approached by the art historian and publisher, Paul Westheim, and asked to make a contribution to an anthology he was preparing for publication. A long time in the making, the resultant book was entitled Künstlerbekenntnisse, or Artists' Testimonies. It included a selection of … Continue reading Paean to a Beloved Daughter

With the Soul of a Tanagra Potter

Photo of Moissey Kogan in three quarters profile, half-length, smartly dressed in a suit and tie holding a hat and cigarette nonchantly in one hand

With the Soul of a Tanagra PotterIn early 1954, a eulogy for Moissey Kogan was published in the Jewish Quarterly.* Its author was the art dealer from Hamburg, Gustave Delbanco. He lamented the fact that nothing had been done - no obituary had been published, and no memorial exhibition had been held - to mark … Continue reading With the Soul of a Tanagra Potter

New Year’s Greetings from the Café du Dôme

Woman in coat and cloche hat reading a newspaper seated next to a large circular heater with hood at the Café du Dôme Paris in winter 1928

New Year's Greetings from the Café du Dôme Paris, Café Brasserie du Dôme, 4.1.1926* One day in very early January 1926, Moissey Kogan sat at a table at the Café du Dôme on the Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris to write to his friend and patron, Max Sauerlandt, the director of the Museum für Kunst und … Continue reading New Year’s Greetings from the Café du Dôme

Recording of ‘Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz’

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Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943)   For anyone who was unable to attend our director, Helen Shiner's talk yesterday, 4 August 2021, for the Fritz Ascher Society, New York: Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943), as part of its series, Fight or Flight: Stories of Artists under Repression, … Continue reading Recording of ‘Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz’

A talk for the Fritz Ascher Society

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Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943) Just to remind you about our director, Helen Shiner's forthcoming online talk, Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943), for the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art as part of its monthly series, Flight or Fight. Stories of Artists … Continue reading A talk for the Fritz Ascher Society

Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond.

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Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943) I am delighted to inform you that I have been invited to give an online lecture about Moissey Kogan: Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond. Moissey Kogan (1879-1943), to the New York-based Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art as part … Continue reading Sculpting the Light: Avant-Garde to Auschwitz and Beyond.

The Dreamer, the Bohemian, the Vagabond, the Passionate Admirer of Female Beauty

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Homage to Moissey Kogan   Man konnte Kogan in verschiedenen Wesensarten erleben - als Träumer, als Bohémien, als Vagabund, als fanatischer Liebhaber weiblicher Schönheit. ("There were many sides to Kogan - the dreamer, the bohemian, the vagabond, the passionate admirer of female beauty." [1])   To mark the 77th anniversary of Moissey Kogan's death at … Continue reading The Dreamer, the Bohemian, the Vagabond, the Passionate Admirer of Female Beauty

News today from Auschwitz

Today I received an e-mail from the Bureau for Former Prisoners at the Archive State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau. In response to my request for information about whether it was possible to determine precisely when Moissey Kogan was killed at Auschwitz, they kindly wrote to inform me that, as I suspected, "during the evacuation and liquidation of … Continue reading News today from Auschwitz

Launch of website to mark 75th anniversary of Moissey Kogan’s death at Auschwitz

Photo of Moissey Kogan in three quarters profile, half-length, smartly dressed in a suit and tie holding a hat and cigarette nonchantly in one hand

This website and blog are being launched today to mark what is presumed to be the 75th anniversary of École de Paris sculptor, Moissey Kogan's death at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland on 13 February 1943. Kogan was one of 998 prisoners (no. 290) on convoi 47 from Drancy transit camp. It left the station at Drancy-Bobigny, Paris, … Continue reading Launch of website to mark 75th anniversary of Moissey Kogan’s death at Auschwitz