Exhibition on view March 31, 2011 – October 16, 2011
The characters in Life? or Theatre? are Charlotte's family members and friends to whom she gave fictionalized names, including herself, appearing under the pseudonym "Charlotte Kann." The slideshow below matches each character in Life? or Theatre? with the real person.
Charlotte herself is Charlotte Kann in Life? or Theatre?.
Born: Germany, 1917
Died: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, 1943
Charlotte's depiction of herself.
Charlotte's father is Albert Kann in Life? or Theatre?.
Born: Germany, 1883
Died: Amsterdam, 1976
Charlotte's depiction of her father.
Charlotteʼs step-mother is Paulinka Bimbam in Life? or Theatre?.
Born: Germany, 1897
Died: Amsterdam, 2000
Charlotte's depiction of her step-mother.
Charlotteʼs great love is Amadeus Daberlohn in Life? or Theatre?.
Born: Germany, 1896
Died: England, 1962
Charlotte's depiction of Wolfson.
Charlotteʼs grandmother is Grandmother Knarre in Life? or Theatre?.
Born: Germany, 1867
Died: Villefranche, 1940
Charlotte's depiction of her grandmother.
Dr. Ludwig Grunwald
Charlotteʼs grandfather is Grandfather Knarre in Life? or Theatre?.
Born: Germany, 1862
Died: Nice, 1943
Charlotte's depiction of her grandfather.
Images: Charlotte Salomon, Gouaches from "Life? or Theatre?," 1940-1942, Villefranche, France. Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Copyright Charlotte Salomon Foundation.
This touring exhibition was organized by the Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam, and was specially created by Dr. Sabine Schulze, director at the Hamburger Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, and Edward van Voolen, curator of the Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam. All works in the exhibition are from the Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam. Copyright holder is the Charlotte Salomon Foundation.
The San Francisco presentation has been made possible by the generous and visionary support of Dorothy R. Saxe; Lydia and Doug Shorenstein; Roselyne Chroman Swig; Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation; Jim Joseph Foundation; Phyllis Moldaw; Jewish Community Endowment Holocaust Memorial/Education Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany - San Francisco. This project is also supported by several other individuals and public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services.
The exhibition publication has been made possible by the thoughtful support of the Brill Family Foundation, Karen and Michael Zeff, and Luba Troyanovsky.
The Koret and Taube Foundations are the lead supporters of the 2010 / 2011 exhibition season.