Copper and Its Meanderings: Perspectives on Jewish Metaloplastics in a Polish Context

Aviv Livnat

Abstrakt

Historic copper repoussé was advanced and rejuvenated by the work of Jewish artists in Poland in the period between the two world wars. Numerous metaloplastics exhibitions were held in Warsaw and Łódź, engendering interest in artistic circles and among critics. Through works from the Jewish metaloplastic art scene, copper reliefs by Marek Szwarc, Chaim Hanft, Józef Śliwniak, and Arieh Merzer, the author attempts to shed new light on these very significant modern expressions of Jewish-Polish interactions created with copper. In the context of Polish culture and the art scene, copper was also making its comment on the fragile and complicated contacts between Poles and Jews with its inner spiritual essence of unity and within its depths.

Słowa kluczowe: miedź, metaloplastyka, sztuka żydowska, relacje polsko-żydowskie, judaika / copper, metaloplastics, Jewish art, Polish-Jewish relations, Judaica.
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