January 06, 2022 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum will open its newest exhibit “Ever Present: Candles and Chance in the Art of Samuel Bak” on January 22 and will host a live, virtual artist conversation featuring Pucker Gallery Director Bernie Pucker, and artist Samuel Bak Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 PM. The exhibition focuses on two recent series “Ner Ot” and the “Art of Chance” produced by Holocaust survivor and artist Samuel Bak. In this series, Bak uses the candle as a symbol to examine the memory of the Holocaust. Dice is used as an icon of chance in the other series featured in this exhibition. Bak repeats the form of dice throughout these works to question the idea of chance in relationship to the Holocaust and his survival as well as to the human condition.
In his artwork, Samuel Bak has explored and reworked a set of metaphors, visual grammar, and vocabulary that ultimately raises questions. His art depicts a world destroyed, and yet provisionally pieced back together, and preserves the memory of the twentieth-century ruination of Jewish life and culture by way of an artistic passion and precision that stubbornly announces the creativity of the human spirit. Since 1959, the artist has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States including retrospectives at Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, and the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town.