The National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, in collaboration with La maison rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert (Paris), presents the exhibition ‘This Has Happened’. The first retrospective in Spain of the late Austrian-Romani artist Ceija Stojka (1933–2013). The exhibition will be open from 22 November, 2019 to 23 March, 2020 at the Sabatini Building, Floor 3, Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid.
The work of the Austrian-Romani artist Ceija Stojka (Kraubath, Austria, 1933 – Vienna, Austria, 2013) is an exceptional testimony, both because of it rarity and because of its artistic quality, to the Porrajmos, the persecution and genocide of the Gypsy community at the hands of Nazi Germany. Deported at the age of ten along with her family, Stojka survived three concentration camps during the Second World War. She divulged her experiences forty years later, from 1988 to 2012, when she undertook an intense exercise in memory through writing, drawing, and painting. This exhibition presents a survey of this prolific self-taught artist, organized in a series of thematic sections that help to reconstruct the different situations she confronted. ( Source: Exhibition brochure)
Untitled (n.d.), Ceija Stojka. Courtesy Hojda and Nuna Stojka Collection, Vienna