Glasmosaik von Samson (Fritz) Schames: Anzünden der Chanukka-Kerzen
Exhibition review

Samson Schames: Fragments of Exile

Cabinet Exhibition / 01/27/2023 - 12/05/2023

In the “Art in Exile” room within the Jewish Museum’s permanent exhibition, we present an exhibition about the Frankfurt artist Samson (Fritz) Schames (1898–1967).

Samson Schames came from a long-established Jewish family in Frankfurt. With the support of his uncle, renowned gallery owner Ludwig Schames, he made his way into the 1920s art scene and began his training as a painter, graphic artist, and stage designer. Schames’s designs, drawings, and oil paintings from the period up to 1933 testify to this artist’s deep connection to Frankfurt and its landscapes.

After the National Socialists came to power, Schames emigrated to London in 1939, where he began creating innovative mosaics from shards of glass, porcelain, and crockery—the material evidence of the bombings. The new cabinet exhibition in the “Art in Exile" room focuses on these large-scale works of art that emerged from the devastation. The presentation focuses on the three important phases of the artist’s life and relates his time in Frankfurt and artistic beginnings to the work he made in British exile and finally to his new home, New York. It also pays homage to the first exhibition the Jewish Museum Frankfurt showed in 1989.

The exhibition was curated by Annika Friedman and developed in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute in New York.


The opening will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7 p.m. We kindly ask you to register by Wednesday, January 25th, at: 
Admission to the cabinet exhibition is free of charge during the opening reception.

Online Tour

On Friday, January 27, 2023, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’re offering an online tour of the exhibition in English language. Exhibition curator Annika Friedman will walk viewers through the show and explain how the artist visualizes his subjects in his mosaics. Prior registration at:

Blog Post

In this blog post, exhibition curator Annika Friedman talks about the preparations leading up to the exhibition and provides insight into Schames’s eventful life.

Portriat of Samson Schames
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Event location:
Jewish Museum Frankfurt

Opened today: 10:00 – 17:00

  • Museum ticket (permanent exhibition Jewish Museum+Judengasse) normal/reduced
    12€ / 6 €
  • Kombiticket (temporary exhibition+ museum ticket) normal/reduced
    14€ / 7€
  • Temporary Exhibition
  • Family Card
  • Frankfurt Pass/Kulturpass
  • Kids under 18
  • Every last Saturday of the month ("Satourday")
  • Entrance to the building (Life Deli/museum shop/library)

  • Reduced entry for:

  • Students / Trainees (from 18 years)

  • People with disabilities from 50 % (1 accompanying person free)

  • People doing military or alternative civilian service / unemployed

  • Owners of the Frankfurt Card


  • Free entry for:

  • Members of the Society of our Friends and Patrons association

  • Birthday children of all ages

  • Children and teenagers up to 17 years

  • Students of the Goethe University / FH / HfMDK

  • Apprentices from Frankfurt

  • Refugees

  • Holders of Museumsufer-Card or Museumsufer-Ticket

  • Members of ICOM or Museumsbund

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Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

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