Over Vriendschap..

Artist: Joseph Sassoon Semah

Exile, hospitality and friendship are key themes in the work of Joseph Sassoon Semah (b. 1948, Baghdad). In 1950 he and his parents were forced to leave Iraq for Israel, and Joseph eventually arrived in Amsterdam in 1981, via London, Berlin and Paris. On Friendship… will for the first time bring together 36 architectural models of houses, a synagogue, schools and cultural buildings made by Sassoon Semah that refer to the liberal Jewish culture of his Babylonian ancestors – a culture which, he says, barely exists except in memory now.

The work of Sassoon Semah allows plenty of scope for critical reflection on identity, history and tradition, and is part of the artist’s long exploration of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity as sources of western art and culture. The aspirations of his grandfather, the Chief Rabbi of Baghdad, to promote dialogue between different religions and world views, resonates in everything he makes.

Until 21 March
Stadhouderslaan 41

Guide

Venduehuis
Galerie Ramakers
Galerie Maurits van de Laar
West Den Haag
Parts Project
exhibition
until 28 February

On Sculpture

Carel Blotkamp
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
exhibition
until 28 February

Augensex

David Roth
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
exhibition
until 07 March

Tote Räume

Gregor Schneider
West Den Haag
West Den Haag
Stichting Heden Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
exhibition
until 05 April

Smoke and Mirrors

Lisa Brice
KM21
exhibition
until 18 April

Papier en Licht

Popel Coumou
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 18 April

Bear & Teddy

Helena van der Kraan
Fotomuseum Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Fotomuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
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