0106 Strzemiński's Wunderblock. In Memory of Friends – Jews
The text addresses a series of ten collages titled To My Friends the Jews, made right after the Second World War by a Polish avant-garde artist, Władysław Strzemiński. I analyse these works (focusing especially on one of them, titled The Empty Shinbones of the Crematoria), using the Freudian metaphor of Wunderblock, as well as Aleida Assmann's concept of communicative, collective, and cultural memory. Basing on the available documentation, I suggest an alternative title for the series, mentioned by the artist, with memory as its integral part.
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