Joseph M. Abbo
The Berlin sculptor Jussuf Abbo emigrated together with his family to London in 1935, where he received a limited number of commissions and participated in a few group exhibitions.
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Abbo, Ruth. Handschriftliches Manuskript (Estate of Jussuf Abbo, Brighton, 26 September 1957).
Abbo, Ruth. “Über den Verlust einer Existenz. Jussuf Abbo im Exil.” Kunst im Exil in Großbritannien 1933–1945, exh. cat. Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin, 1986, pp. 181–184.
Anonymous. “Bildhauer stellen aus.” Freie Deutsche Kultur, no. 12, 1941, p. 10.
Dickson, Rachel. “Emigré Artists and the Ben Uri.” Forced Journeys. Artists in Exile in Britain c. 1933–45, edited by Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall, exh. cat. Ben Uri Gallery. The London Jewish Museum of Art, London, 2009, pp. 86–90.
Dogramaci, Burcu. Deutschland, fremde Heimat. Zur Rückkehr emigrierter Bildhauer nach 1945 = Germany, a Foreign Land. The Return of Émigré Sculptors after 1945 (Schriftenreihe des Kunsthauses Dahlem). Kunsthaus Dahlem, 2015.
Dogramaci, Burcu. “Jussufs Gedicht für Jussuf Abbo.” Der Blaue Reiter ist gefallen. Else Lasker-Schüler Jubiläumsalmanach, edited by Hajo Jahn and Else-Lasker-Schüler-Gesellschaft, Peter Hammer Verlag, 2015, pp. 275–277.
Dogramaci, Burcu. “Nach dem Exil: Remigration als künstlerische Rückkehr / After Exile – Remigration as Artistic Return.” Neue/Alte Heimat. R/emigration von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern nach 1945 = New/old homeland. r/emigration of artists after 1945 (Schriftenreihe des Kunsthaus Dahlem), edited by Dorothea Schöne, exh. cat. Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin, 2017, pp. 10–57.
Dogramaci, Burcu. “Abbo in Exile, oder: Von der Schwierigkeit kulturellen Über-Setzens / Abbo in Exile, or: On the Difficulty of Cultural Translation.” Jussuf Abbo, edited by Dorothea Schöne, exh. cat. Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin, 2019, pp. 99–125.
Jussuf Abbo, edited by Dorothea Schöne, exh. cat. Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin, 2019.
Lasker-Schüler, Else, “Jussuff Abbu.” Berliner Börsen-Courier, vol. 55, no. 327, 15 July 1923, p. 5.
Vinzent, Jutta. Identity and Image. Refugee Artists from Nazi Germany in Britain (1933–1945) (Schriften der Guernica-Gesellschaft, 16). VDG, 2006.
Zucker, Heinrich, and R. S. Zuriel, Lawyer. Letter to Entschädigungsamt Berlin (Estate of Jussuf Abbo, Brighton, 11 May 1959).
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My deepest thanks go to the Abbo family, especially Angela and Sebastian Abbo and the late Jerome Abbo, who kindly introduced me to the works of Abbo in the family estate. I am grateful to Shulamith Behr, Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall, for their help. I would like to express my gratitude to Dorothea Schöne from Kunsthaus Dahlem for her continued enthusiasm for the work of Jussuf Abbo and her commitment to remembering his work. I am grateful to the Ben Uri Archive, London, and to the Sprengel Museum Hannover, Kurt Schwitters Archive, with special thanks to Karin Orchard for allowing me to reproduce the illustrations used in this entry.
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London, GB (1935–1953).
1 Grove Terrace, Highgate, London N1 (residence, c. 1935–1936); 7 Lambolle Road, Hampstead, London NW3 (studio, c. 1938–1945); ? Parkhill Road, Hampstead, London NW3 (residence, 1938); Strathray Gardens, Belsize Park, London NW3 (residence, 1938–1939); ? Byne Road, Sydenham, London SE26 (residence, c. 1944–1947).
The artist and poet Kurt Schwitters lived in London between 1941 and 1945, where he stood in contact to émigré and local artists, before moving to the Lake District.
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The Free German League of Culture was an association of emigrant artists and authors who organised exhibitions, concerts and lectures. The events were announced in the Freie Deutsche Kultur newsletter.
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In 1949, a joint exhibition of works by Ludwig and Else Meidner opened at the Ben Uri Art Gallery. It was the first solo exhibition of the artists in London.
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Émigré art historians and art dealers, Henry Roland and Gustav Delbanco, along with Lillian Browse, opened their Mayfair gallery, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, in 1945.
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