08 November 2017
Yad Vashem Curator and Art Department Director Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg is a finalist for the European Cultural Manager of the Year award, a subcategory of the European Culture Brand Award. Moreh-Rosenberg is one of four finalists in this category, which include directors of major European cultural institutions. The winner of the 12th European Culture Brand Award will be announced on 9 November 2017 at an event, taking place at the Wintergarten Varieté in Berlin.
"Representing Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and its Art Department for this prestigious prize is a recognition of our commitment to Holocaust commemoration and those artists whose works depict the Shoah," commented Moreh-Rosenberg. "Most Jewish artists who created art during these horrific years did so at risk to their lives, in order to leave their testimonies for future generations. The fact that these Jewish artists and their subjects, who were persecuted and murdered, are being remembered in Berlin over 70 years later sends a clear message that their voices are still being heard and are a continuing source of inspiration.” One of Moreh-Rosenberg's most acclaimed accomplishment was the recent exhibition: "Art from the Holocaust: 100 Works from the Yad Vashem Collection," which was displayed at Berlin's German Historical Museum (DHM) in early 2016. The exhibition, initiated by the national daily BILD, and co-curated by Moreh-Rosenberg and Prof. Dr. Walter Smerling the Chairman of the Bonn based Foundation for Art and Culture & Curator of the Exhibition , was opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and visited by close to 50,000 people – making it one of the museum's most successful temporary exhibitions. Additional exhibitions curated by Moreh-Rosenberg include "Last Portrait: Painting for Posterity" (2012) and "The Anguish of Liberation as Reflected in Art: 1945–1947" (2015), which were both displayed in the Yad Vashem Museum of Holocaust Art.
Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev remarked: "It is clear that the Holocaust in general, and the idea of the indestructible human spirit in particular, has captured the interest of an international and intergenerational audience. Art is a unique medium that highlights the personal perspective of the horrors of the Shoah, and the attention it engenders illustrates the abiding commitment of the global community to keep the memory alive."
Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg has worked at Yad Vashem’s Museums Division since 2003. She received her master's degree in Art History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and studied Museology at the Tel Aviv University. She previously served as a researcher and lecturer at the Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Art.
Yad Vashem houses the world's largest collection of Holocaust-related art with over 10,000 items. These works, some of which are on display in the Museum of Holocaust Art, were created by Jewish artists who were murdered during the Holocaust or by survivors and other artists after the Second World War.
For further information on Yad Vashem's Art Collection and Museum, please visit our website.