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An Artist's Response to Evil: We Are Not the Last by Zoran Music

March 17, 2002 - June 30, 2002


Internationally acclaimed, Music's works command a particular authority in the context of the vital mixing of cultures and of the fearsome ethnic conflicts that have shaped and reshaped national boundaries in the Balkans. Combined with his personal experience as a political prisoner in Dachau, the artist's origins made him profoundly empathetic toward victims of global strife, leading to the series of works he called We are not the last (Nous ne sommes pas les derniers). This series reinterprets drawings of the dead that Music had originally made during his two-year internment at the concentration camp where he was sent after his arrest by the Gestapo for anti-German activity in Venice in 1944.

Zoran Music (Italian, b. 1909)
We Are Not the Last (Nous ne sommes pas les derniers), 1970
Acrylic on canvas
32 x 26 inches (81 x 65 cm)
From the collection of Patti Cadby Birch

An Artist's Response to Evil: "We Are Not the Last" by Zoran Music is made possible through major support given in honor of Evelyn G. Clyman by the Eugene M. and Emily Grant Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Fanya Gottesfeld Heller and the Richard J. and Joan G. Scheuer Family Foundation, Inc.

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