02. März 2022 | 18:00 Uhr
- Jussuf Prince of Thebes – Reconstructing the life and work of a forgotten talent from Safed
- English Lecture (online) with Dorothea Schöne, artistic director Kunsthaus Dahlem
In the late nineteenth century, the sculptor Joseph M. Abbo (1888–1953) – who later renamed himself Jussuf Abbo – was born in Safed, in the province of Beirut of the Ottoman Empire. As a young man, he began working as a labourer on the restoration site of the Auguste-Victoria-Hospital being led by an architect, Hoffmann, on behalf of the German government. Abbo was noticed and rapidly promoted to the drawing-office and to stonecarving. He was offered a scholarship at the Berlin School of Art. Jussuf Abbo arrived in Germany in 1911 and began studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1913. By 1919 he had a master studio in the Prussian Academy of Fine Arts. Throughout the 1920’s he exhibited in top galleries throughout Germany and was a well known portrait sculptor and printmaker and an active member of the Berlin avantgarde artistic community. Much of his work, being partially abstract with an emphasis on psychological state and emotion, could be considered “Expressionist”.
With the Nazi takeover, Abbo was repeatedly branded he was stateless after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, exposed by his Jewish ancestry to Nazi racial fanaticism and his girlfriend Ruth Schulz was illegitimately pregnant by him. In a dramatic way, the pair fled to England in 1935, where Abbo could not continue his career.
Jussuf Abbo died in his London exile in 1953.Lecture by Dorothea Schöne, Director and CEO of Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin (Germany)
Introduced by Rachel Stern, Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society
Organized by The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York.
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Image: Jussuf Abbo, Head of a Black Man, ca. 1939, plaster, painted, H: 28 cm. Estate of Jussuf Abbo, Brighton/UK, photo: Gunter Lepkowski