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Sekula, Sonja (1918-1963)  
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Despite the joy conveyed by these late paintings, Sekula experienced great mental anguish during 1963, the final year of her life. On April 25, she hanged herself in her studio in Zurich. As requested in her suicide note, she was buried in Saint Moritz.

Following her death, her work was virtually forgotten until 1971, when Finch College in Manhattan held a small but noteworthy exhibition of some of the most important paintings of her New York years.

In 1996, the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland mounted a major exhibition, which covered the entire span of her career and included many previously unexhibited works, such as her late sketchbooks. Later in the same year, a smaller version of this exhibition was held at the Swiss Institute, New York. These shows demonstrated the richness and importance of Sekula's work.

Sekula is now regarded in her native Switizerland as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, although her work still is not widely known elsewhere. Irene Schweizer, a prominent Swiss pianist and composer, recently wrote a jazz symphony, Many and One Direction (2004), in tribute to Sekula.

Richard G. Mann

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    Author: Mann, Richard G.  
    Entry Title: Sekula, Sonja  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
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