Special exhibit graphic Winter 1946
Winter 1946
Willem Grimm
Hand with olive branch
The Art of Sharing, the Sharing of Art
Responses to Mennonite Relief in Postwar Germany

Exhibition dates: February 20 - May 29, 2005

When you are a victim and someone feeds and clothes you, how can you respond so as to preserve your dignity? This exhibition shows how recipients of Mennonite relief dealt with this dilemma after World War II.

From a setting of chaos, famine and misery, the recipients of relief gave works of self-expression--art--to their Good Samaritans.

This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Mennonite Central Committee’s reception of thanks gifts from the German people in gratitude for relief received after the war. The Dankspende artworks were previously brought back together for a Kauffman Museum exhibition in 1984 by Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen.

Exhibition Team
Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen, curator
Elizabeth Zerger, exhibit coordinator
David Kreider, exhibit design/installation
Rachel Pannabecker, exhibit assistance
Chuck Regier, graphic design
Bob Regier, graphic design
Arlin Ratzlaff, exhibit preparation

The exhibit catalog was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1984

Feeding Station Sign
Girl with Olive Branch Girl with Olive Branch
Mädchen mit Ölzweig
Gertraut Boelter-Evers
two-color woodcut
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