Rugby Art Gallery and Museum exhibition inspired by Anne Frank

Pictured, Iris Anne Berger,with some of her pantings for Display and Exhibition. (Anne Frank)    MHRA-13-1-14-Iris-Jan22

Pictured, Iris Anne Berger,with some of her pantings for Display and Exhibition. (Anne Frank) MHRA-13-1-14-Iris-Jan22

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A new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum explores the life of Anne Frank during the Second World War.

The exhibition opens on Saturday January 25 and features paintings by Rugby-based artist Iris Anne Berger.

The paintings explore the life of Anne Frank during the Second World War, from the time she spent in hiding from the Nazis in a secret annexe built at her father’s business premises, to her death at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The paintings were inspired by the artist’s response to Anne Frank’s Diary and a visit to Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Working mostly with oil on canvas, but also mixed media, Iris tells stories through her art work, creating layers of images to convey layers of meaning.

The exhibition attempts to communicate Anne’s ‘inner life’ by blending the physical reality of the secret annexe and concentration camp with abstract depictions of her thoughts and feelings.

The exhibition also includes a series of paintings exploring contemporary issues relating to refugees.

Iris said: “I’m aware of the inhumanity that happens in the world and feel people in each generation should be made aware of it, to prevent suffering in the future.”

An activity area at the Gallery will allow visitors to explore the themes raised in more depth. In addition, a range of half term activities and school workshops have been organised.

An exhibition of reflection and contemplation, Iris Anne Berger’s Anne Frank runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until March 20. A private viewing of the exhibition takes place on Saturday January 25 from 10.30am to noon. See ragm.org.uk.