We are happy to announce reopening of our physical space with a presentation of the estate of Richard Jaray (1902-1942) conceived by Tess Jaray, artist and niece of Richard Jaray, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, curator for furniture and wood work, Museum of Applied Art, Vienna, and Christian Siekmeier, founder of EXILE.
The presentation will give insight into the work and life of the architect Richard Jaray and was originally scheduled to be held parallel to Tess Jaray’s first institutional solo exhibition in Vienna at Secession until April 18 entitled Return to Vienna.
Born into the Jaray family furniture business in Vienna in 1902, Richard himself became a furniture designer and architect but was unable to escape Austria in time. He was deported in 1941 to Łódź and murdered during the Shoah.
The remaining estate, limited to 70 drawings, was given to Tess Jaray by her parents. The majority of the drawings appear to be from a portfolio produced in the mid 1930s and taken to the UK by his younger brother Francis, who escaped, with his wife Pauli and eight months old daughter Tess, in 1938.
Within the context of Tess Jaray’s exhibition entitled Return to Vienna, EXILE is honored to present the work and return another member of the Jaray family to their city of birth.
UPDATE: Due to the lock-down in Vienna, the presentation is now only publicly accessible from Tuesday, May 4.