Ben Uri collection

Head of a Boy

Artist information

Name Bruno Simon (1920-1999)

Born Vienna, Austria

Died Australia

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Sculptor and printmaker Bruno Simon was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920 and studied with Julius Bissier in Freiburg and later at the Académie Rason in Paris. In the late 1930s he fled Germany to England where he was later interned and sent to Australia in 1940 as an ‘enemy alien’ on board the 'Dunera'. He produced monotypes, drawings and sculpture while in Tatura and Hay internment camps from 1940-43. At times, he used the clay under the internees’ huts for modelling. Roger Butler has written about Simon’s work: ‘Like much of Hirschfeld Mack’s camp art, there is an underlying sense of spirituality and desire for a unified humanity in Simon’s work. In 1941 he wrote: “If it is pure outside And there is clarity in me And there is strength in me And truth around me then God, I love thee.” For Simon, the ultimate desire for love, overriding cultural and religious differences.' After release he spent four years in the 8th Employment Company of the Citizens Military Force. Postwar he returned to England (1949-67), travelling frequently and settling in Italy in 1967, with visits to Australia in 1973 and 1993. He died in Australia in 1999.

Object Details

Date 1946

Object type sculpture

Medium plaster

Materials and techniques plaster (medium)

Dimensions 24 x 10 x 4 cm

Acquisition purchased in 1952

Accession number 1987-366

Display status not on display


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