The Freud Museum

Events Archive

26 October 2011

Barbara Loftus in Conversation with Monica Bohm-Duchen

Artists Talk

Artist Barbara Loftus discusses her exhibition Sigismund’s Watch: A Tiny Catastrophe, with the shows curator Monica Bohm-Duchen.

Sigismund’s Watch: A Tiny Catastrophe is a beautifully executed and intellectually thought-provoking cycle of artworks, prompted by the recollections of the artist’s mother Hildegard, who fled from Germany to England as a Jewish refugee in 1939. The story is told through a series of oil paintings and works on paper, vividly contextualised by documentary images and quotations from the Weimar period.

Barbara Loftus is a figurative painter who also makes artist’s bookworks. She combines a traditional studio practice with performed re-enactment, historical research and digital media to feed into her image making process.

Monica Bohm-Duchen is an independent writer, lecturer and exhibition organiser. The institutions for which she has worked include the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery, The Royal Academy of the Arts and the Courtauld Institute. The publications to which she has contributed include The Jewish Quarterly, RA Magazine, Art Monthly and Modern Painters.

Barbara Loftus will be available after the talk to sign copies of Sigismund's Watch, which is available in the museum bookshop at a special pre-publication price.

Sigismund's Watch is published by Phillip Wilson Publishing

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