Thursday, July 2, 2020

Schulim Krimper

Schulim Krimper (1893-1971) was born in the Austro-Hungarian province of Bukovina.
The son of a rabbi, he was orphaned at the age of 9. Schulim lived with his eldest married sister for three years before being apprenticed to a local cabinet-maker. He remained with his master until the outbreak of World War I, in which he served with the Austro-Hungarian artillery.
He lived briefly in Berlin before emigrating to Australia in August 1939. Settling in Melbourne, he opened a workshop in St Kilda, and rapidly established a reputation for the superb construction of his custom-made modern furniture.
Credited with elevating his craft to the level of an art, he was the subject of several one-man exhibitions in his lifetime and he was commissioned to provide the woodwork for the chapel of St Mary's College at the University of Melbourne.
He is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Powerhouse Museum.

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