"The Book of Memory" Opens Feb. 2, 2010
New Holocaust Exhibit Features Work by Acclaimed Mexican Artist Bela Gold

HOUSTON, TX (Dec. 23, 2009) – For several years, Mexican artist Bela Gold's work has been a reflection of the complexity of contemporary culture. Her work is defined by a contrast between beauty and cultural references; in her case, the Holocaust. She puts this conflict on display in all of her pieces, which offer evidence of our own ambivalence toward the beauty of artistic expression and the social impact it creates.

Holocaust Museum Houston is proud to collaborate with the Consulate General of Mexico in presenting samples of the Gold's work in a new exhibit, "The Book of Memory," opening Feb. 2, 2010 and running through April 25, 2010 in the Museum's Laurie and Milton Boniuk Library and Resource Center at the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston's Museum District. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

Gold offers a sample book of various graphics techniques depicting a variety of metal etchings, photoengraved-intaglio, engraved-intaglio, laser engraving, graphite on stone, silkscreen and graphite drawing on stone, and digital embroidery on cloth.

The interest in the recovery of historic memory, among other creative concerns, is a substantial motivation developed in Gold's work.

One of the distinctive characteristics of her investigation is the construction of aesthetic projects creating artistic models that might contribute to transfigure the language in favor of the work itself and its intentions starting from aesthetic models that perpetuate memory.

These works are particular as they look to reconvert the texts into images, given that the appropriate material, transformed and post-produced, has its origins in documents from written archives and manuscripts, most of them typographic, which accentuate the interpretative polysemy, metaphorical and conceptual. These search to retake the history of the documents in an artistic context, but also to narrate the hidden story behind the words; to make a story out of the truth of facts and declare or denounce them.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bank of America and is part of the celebratory events of Mexico’s Independence Bicentennial and Centennial of its Revolution. For more information, visit www.houstoncelebratesmexico2010.com.

The exhibit is generously underwritten by the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston and Bank of America, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Gold also will be showing her complete exhibit alongside artist Naomi Siegmann at Canal Street Gallery from Feb. 25 through April 30, 2010.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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