Stalin and Hitler, the creators of the concentration camps

Charles AISEN: artist

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About the work

Born into a tinsmith and iron-working family in Poland, Aisen emigrated to Australia in 1926. In his sculptural work, begun quite late in his life, he addressed cultural, social and political issues of the past and expressed his affinity with the horrors and anti-Semitism of World War II, such that he returned to Warsaw for the 22nd anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (April-May 1943). Working with tin in a naïve or primitive style, here Aisen communicates his view about the greed for power in the Soviet Union and Germany which caused the tremendous loss of lives. Stalin and Hitler stand back to back with blood-stained hands, moulded into one figure with two faces. Between the two dictators’ feet are the dead, concentration camps and a gas chamber.
Stalin and Hitler, the creators of the concentration camps
Artist/Maker and role
Charles AISEN: artist
c 1972
metal, paint, barbed wire, steel wool
124.5 x 43.5 x 83.5 cm
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Gift of the Aisen Family Trust, through the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 1990
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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