Still More Distant Journeys: The Artistic Emigrations of Lasar Segall

October 16, 1997–January 4, 1998

Born in Vilna, Lithuania, Lasar Segall lived in Berlin and Dresden, where he was associated with the German Expressionist movement. He later emigrated to Brazil, where he lived and worked until his death.

Celebrated in South America, his work is still little known in the United States. Documenting the Diaspora of the Jews and embodying modern notions of “exoticism” and “primitivism” in modern art, Segall’s work presented a range of issues significant to today’s world of global culture and politics.


Following its closing in Chicago, the exhibition traveled to the Jewish Museum in New York.

This exhibition was co-organized by the Smart Museum, the Lasar Segall Museum, Sao Paolo, Brazil, National Institute of the Historical and Artistic Patrimony, Brazilian Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Sao Paulo/Illinois Partners of the Americas.


A full-color English/Portuguese catalogue accompanied the exhibition