Current Special Exhibitions



Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

September 22, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Main Special Exhibition Space

Excavating the box of negatives and documents Henryk Ross buried in the ghetto at 12 Jagielonska Street, Lodz, March 1945. © Art Gallery of Ontario.

Memory Unearthed offers a rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz ghetto during World War II through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross. In 1940, Ross was confined to the Lodz ghetto and put to work by the Statistics Department as a photographer, taking official photographs for Jewish identification cards and Nazi propaganda.

Against explicit directives, Ross risked his life to document the realities of life in the ghetto in all its horror and ordinariness. Before the Lodz ghetto was liquidated, Ross buried over 6,000 negatives, 3,000 of which he recovered after liberation. 

Memory Unearthed presents more than 300 of Ross’s powerful photographs, comprising a moving, intimate visual record of life and death inside the ghetto.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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They Shall Be Counted: The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly

November 21, 2019 – August 18, 2020

Northern Trust Gallery

“Arrival of Danish Jews at Terezin Spa”

They Shall Be Counted is a gallery of sketches and watercolor illustrations by Holocaust-era artist Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. Even while imprisoned within the Theresienstadt Ghetto, he managed to express himself artistically, creating breathtaking illustrations as a tribute to ghetto residents. He cut his art into pieces, out of fear for his safety, and his wife, Elsa Lichtblau, hid them under the floorboards of the ghetto barracks. He miraculously retrieved them after liberation and later re-worked the sketches into full-size watercolor illustrations. Both original sketches and full-size artworks will be on display in the exhibit.

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This exhibition is on loan from Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.








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