Two Artists Reckon with the Irreconcilable: Samuel Bak and Anselm Kiefer, with Tali Silver, LMHC

Event Details

“…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature, but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil.” C. G. Jung Collected Works 9ii

Two artists devote their art to reckoning with the devastations of the Second World War. One is a child survivor of the Holocaust, the other a first generation post-war German. Both artists deal with the impact of unimaginable trauma. Their visual language and symbolical approaches could not be more different, yet each guides us through the place of annihilation and it’s aftermaths. The presentation will include slides of the artists’ work, a narrative of loss by a guest and discussion of intergenerational transmission of trauma.

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
10 am to 1 pm
Cost: $45
3 Psychology, MHC, and SW CE’s offered


Tali Silver is a licensed mental health counselor and Jungian Analyst. She sees adults and couples in private practice in Burlington and Stoneham, MA. A visual artist and photographer by training, she immigrated to the US to complete a Masters in Expressive Therapy. She is informed by a life long interest in art, culture, psyche and healing. Her passion is weaving insights from the metaphors that hide in words and imagery.

CE Information: (Intermediate Level)
Sponsoring organization: C.G. Jung Institute-Boston

By the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Relate the concepts of boundaries, borders, and appropriation to identity in art and psychology.
  • List three examples of visual representations of trauma.
  • Identify how art counteracts collective denial and repression and facilitates healing.


  • Arasse, Daniel. (2001) Anselm Kiefer NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Bak, Samuel. (2001). Painted in Words; A Memoir. Boston, MA: Indiana University Press in conjunction with Pucker Art
  • PublicationDanieli, Yael. (Ed.) (1998). International Handbook of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma. NY: Plenum Press


CE credits awarded upon attendance in its entirety. The C.G. Jung Institute-Boston is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions and requests for information, please contact psychology CE Chair, Dr. Francine Lorimer at 617 818 5587 or For cancellation policy and registration, please visit the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston website, at  There is no known commercial support for this program

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