Ninth Art – Cartooning for Peace
Cartoons about refugees, displacement and human rights
24th June – 16th September 2018
In March 2018, “Kichka. Life is a Cartoon” premiered in Brussels. The film, which is the first documentary created by the Center for Persecuted Arts and the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow, is now touring the locations where it was filmed, with the French premiere taking place at the Memorial de la Shoa in Paris on the 6th of September. The launch of the film was the occasion for the Center’s new exhibition: We are showcasing highlights of the “Ninth Art” – caricatures, illustrations and cartoons – with a focus on migration and current affairs. The protagonist of the film, Michel Kichka, born 1954 in Seraing / Liège, is a renowned artist and member of the network “Cartooning for Peace”. He lives in Jerusalem. In his graphic novel he describes how the trauma of his father, Holocaust survivor Henri Kichka, born 1926 in Brussels, has affected the entire family. The publication of the graphic novel was the beginning of a long journey through the past and into the future. The film follows father and son during two intense years in Israel, Belgium and France. It includes conversations with “Le Monde” cartoonist Jean “Plantu” Plantureux and Beate and Serge Klarsfeld. The documentary “Kichka. Life is a Cartoon” will be screened on the 1st of July 2018, 11am, and on the 16th of September 2018, 5pm, at the Cobra Cultural Center, Merscheider Str. 77-79, 42699 Solingen.
The Center for Persecuted Arts takes care of a collection of literature and a collection of art. Certain components of these collections are on permanent display in the Museum. The primary focus of both collections include works that were forbidden during the time of National Socialism and the GDR. We have given the unknown artists of that period a home in the Center for Persecuted Arts. [More]