Forbidden Art Exhibition

Location: Live Like a Hero Gallery
Schedule:
Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check back for revised schedule of this exhibition.

“…beautiful, haunting, real, painful, nuanced, deep, and transformational.”
–Daralyse Lyons, Dosage Magazine

Hand-picked from the collections of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, Forbidden Art presents 20 powerful images of fragile and rare examples of art made illegally and under potentially grave consequences by Jewish and Polish prisoners in the German Nazi Auschwitz Concentration and Extermination Camp from 1940-1945. Many of these works document the harsh reality of the camp, but others, like caricatures, albums containing greetings, and even fairy tales written by prisoners for their children, reveal their use as an escape from the daily cruelty of Auschwitz.


 

While the Museum is temporarily closed, we invite you to watch a video that is part of the Forbidden Art exhibition. Featuring experts from the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland, as well as a first-hand account from a Holocaust survivor, it gives context to the exhibition and underscores the importance of the artists and the works they created.
Watch a video from the exhibition


NOTE: Forbidden Art is part of a larger group of exhibitions and programs being mounted across the US in honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Each piece in Forbidden Art is accompanied by a historical commentary and excerpts from archival accounts and is displayed within large illuminated wooden kiosks that artfully evoke the interiors of prisoner barracks. Find out more about the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

 

During regular Museum hours, the Forbidden Art exhibition is FREE with general admission.

 Adults $12.00  • Seniors $10.00 • Students (with ID) $8.00 • Youth  5-17 $6.00 • Children under 5 years free
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Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own unique interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is May 17.
Click here for complete details.

Giveback Workshops

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-noon, the NLM partners with a selected mission-driven nonprofit to give parents and children the opportunity to work together to complete a “make-and-donate” activity for an important cause. This event is included with general admission, but registration is encouraged.

Learn more. Then, be sure to attend with YOUR family!

Read & Romp

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Check our events calendar for Read & Romps scheduled for later this spring.

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