The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is pleased to offer to other Museums a traveling exhibition entitled The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust. The exhibition consists of the work of two artists, Julie Meetal and Veronique Jonas, whose paintings and sculptures embody the searing effect of the Holocaust on their families and on the Jews of Europe during World War II.
Julie Meetal’s exhibition, Out of Ashes, is a series with eleven paintings, one large sculpture and three smaller pieces. The work directly reflects the Holocaust stories of her Hungarian parents and the larger fate of European Jews.
Veronique Jonas’s series of twelve paintings, entitled The Color of Memory, poetically envisions the experience of her family and the Jewish community on the Greek island of Rhodes.
The artists employ differing styles to achieve their aims. Meetal paints imaginatively, creating a dream-like nexus of figures, symbols, and saturated color, while Jonas paints with a heightened realism to depict the buildings of the Jewish quarter of Rhodes.
For Meetal and Jonas, their art expresses the personal and emotional repercussions of the Holocaust for their parents and for them. Through their eyes, the viewer is able to understand the Holocaust not just as history, but as the story of real families and specific individuals. These artists give us both the facts of memory, and its ineffable color of loss and remembrance. Meetal and Jonas want the testimony of their art to refute those who try to deny the Holocaust, and to awaken all of us to the threat of genocide around the world today.
Both artists live in the Dallas area, but created the work in this exhibition independently. In 2005 when they were both participating in an exhibition in Israel, they found each other engaged in the same mission, and joined together to create the exhibition, The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust.
For more information on the exhibition, visit colorofmemory.com