Brothers in Sculpture: Fleischmann, Charoux and Herkner
24th May 6.30 The Gallery 70 Cowcross Street
Interest in the work of émigré and refugee sculptors and artists has recently come under renewed interest through the role played by them in public art, shown in the recent English Heritage exhibition, and in the Twentieth Century Society’s casework to conserve their work.
This talk traces the career trajectories of three sculpture students of the Vienna Academy (Arthur Fleischmann (1896-1990), Siegfried Charoux (1896-1967) and Friedrich Herkner (1902-1986)), who became at different moments around World War II, residents of the British Isles. Inspired by very different ideologies, they made disparate contributions to the cultural landscapes of England and Ireland. Both Charoux and Herkner acquired official status in their adopted countries, despite coming from the same school that produced Josef Thorak, the sculptor who most frequently collaborated with Albert Speer in Nazi projects. The Inevitable tensions, given their conflicting beliefs, did not prevent friendship and some degree of collaboration being maintained in their new environment.
This talk will be of interest in particular to C20 members who visited the Arthur Fleischmann museum on our recent visit to Bratislava.
Philip Ward-Jackson, who will give this talk, is the retired Conway Librarian of the Courtauld Institute, who has written two books on London’s public sculpture, and continues to work on the European presence in British sculpture, predominantly in the 19th century.
Doors open 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. We will have a selection of our publications to purchase for cash on the evening. We will also offer a glass of wine on arrival.
C20 and PMSA Members £8.00
Non Members £10.00