A fascinating installation of small sculpture works by the self-taught Jewish artist Friedrich Nagler will go on display in Pallant House Gallery’s De’Longhi Print Room on 30 June.
The exhibition features a series of small scale sculptural heads which were carved, cast and assembled using a variety of materials including bone, metal, ivory, plastic and even non-traditional materials such as bread. The heads have a strong Jewish influence and an Austrian folk art sensibility. Considering Nagler’s own experiences fleeing the rise of anti-Semitism in 1930’s Vienna and the loss of many of his loved ones in concentration camps, the works evoke the horrors of the Holocaust, and possibly serve as an act of remembrance on Nagler’s part. The arrangement of so many of these works in one room will create the impression of a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ (or Wunderkammer in German).
This is the first time that these works have been exhibited in a public gallery. The exhibition supports Pallant House Gallery’s commitment to engage visitors with Outsider Art and elevate the profile of self-taught artists.
Friedrich Nagler: Wunderkammer will run from 30 June – 16 October 2016 at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ.
For more information visit www.pallant.org.uk
Image: Friedrich Nagler, Five heads made from resin, © Pallant House Gallery