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15 Sep 2011 10:00 - 17:00


Art workshop inspired by the work of Yehuda Bacon. Prepared in cooperation with the City Gallery Prague. ENGLISH FRIENDLY!

Part of the accompanying program for the YEHUDA BACON / RETURNS exhibition, a retrospective of an important Israeli artist with roots in Czechoslovakia.

Jiri (Yehuda) Bacon was born on July 28, 1929 in Moravska Ostrava. His entire family was deported to Theresienstadt in September 1942. Like most children in the Theresienstadt ghetto, Yehuda was separated from his parents and housed with boys of his own age; in Children’s Home 1 (Kinderheim), block L417. There, he met a number of very talented children and his drawings caught the attention of several of the well-known artists in the ghetto, such as Karel Fleischmann (1897-1944), Bedrich Fritta (1906-1944), Leo Hass (1901-1983), Petr Kien (1919-1944) and Otto Ungar (1901-1945).  The Bakons were selected for deportation to Auschwitz–Birkenau in 1943. A few days after his arrival in Yehuda’s left arm was tattooed with the number 168194. The number would eventually appear in many of his art works as a kind of memento mori, and he often placed it alongside his name as a signature. 

After the war, Yehuda was placed in the rehabilitation home in the Stirin castle that was established by Premysl Piter(1895-1976), an extraordinarily devoted social worker and humanist. In March 1946, Yehuda left Stirin for Palestine where he was accepted to the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem where he studied and later held a teaching position for over 30 years. An important milestone in Bacon’s life was the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961, as he was asked to appear as a key witness. Apart from his oral testimony, he was able to produce precise documentary drawings, which were used as evidence.  During 1963-64, he was called on once again to testify in the so-called “Auschwitz Trial” of Nazi criminals that took place in Frankfurt am Main.

For his eightieth birthday in 2009, Yehuda’s friends and admirers in Germany organized an exhibition of his work at the Museum am Dom in Wurzburg, Germany. There, the Yehuda Bacon Foundation was established at the Kunstsammlung der Diozese Wurzburg.

Yehuda Bacon works in major collections worldwide (selective selection): Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel), Yad Vashem Museum (Jerusalem, Israel), Ein Harod Museum (Israel), Museum of Modern Art (Haifa, Israel), British Museum (London, United Kingdom), Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom), Magnes Museum (Berkeley, USA), Library of Congress(Washington, USA), Museum am Dom (Würzburg, Germany)

All age groups are welcome. Czech language is not required!



Partner of Creative Art Games is the City Gallery Prague.  





Radka Labendz
České centrum Praha
T: 777 055 040
E: labendz@czech.cz
Mgr. Lucie Haškovcová
City Gallery Prague
E: lucie.haskovcova@ghmp.cz
M: 608 216 418



15 Sep 2011 10:00 - 17:00


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