Historical Society of Palm Beach County Hosts Expanded Exhibition by Artist Serge Strosberg


Reimagining Palm Beach

Only One More Week to See Before Closing on May 30

(West Palm Beach, FL – May 22, 2023) As an extension and expansion of the popular exhibit Veni, Vidi, Vici by international portrait artist Serge Strosberg held at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County early this year, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County is now offering an even larger version: Reimagining Palm Beach, now on display for one more week—closing May 30, 2023.

The exhibition is an artistic exploration and “pop”-style recreation of some of the more vibrant and colorful characters from the Island’s vibrant Gilded Age, such as Addison Mizner, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Henry Flagler, and The Vanderbilts.

“Henry Flagler” by Serge Strosberg – reimagined from a historic portrait hanging in The Breakers and a mugshot photograph.

Strosberg takes portraits and vintage black-and-white photographs of colorful characters and reimagines them in a modern context, costumed in contemporary vibrant patterns and colors by Lilly Pulitzer or Maus and Hoffman. Descriptions of the historical figures were written by popular Worth Avenue tour guide Rick Rose, author of Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town.

“The Historical Society is honored to welcome Serge Strosberg and this special exhibition to the Richard and Pat Johnson History Museum. History and art are integral parts of how we experience and showcase our community’s culture,” said Jeremy Johnson, Historical Society of Palm Beach County President, and CEO.

The exhibition Reimagining Palm Beach by Serge Strosberg is available for viewing one more week (through May 30) at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, 300 North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The museum is open for visitors Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.

About Serge Strosberg:

Influenced by artists Alice Neel, Christian Schad and Lucien Freud, Serge Strosberg was raised in the U.S. and Europe, and received classical training at Paris Académie Julian, where he learned the beautiful and difficult technique of oil and egg tempera painting from German expressionist painter Joerg Hermle. He has exhibited his work internationally: The Orangerie of the French Senate, Espace Saint-Honoré (Paris), The Lighthouse Art Center (Florida), The Zendai Art Museum in Zhu Jia Jio (Shanghai). In 2008, Strosberg participated in major group exhibition “The hidden truth” at the Felix Nussbaum Museum (Germany) in the company of artists Rothko, Lucian Freud, Philip Pearlstein, Rebecca Horn, Alex Katz, Modigliani, etc. Works by Serge Strosberg are in the permanent collections of The Musée of Pontoise, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum,  Jewish Museum of Belgium, Mercersburg Academy, the Daniel Hurley Federal Courthouse of West Palm Beach, and more. Veni, Vidi, Vici is Strosberg’s third conceptual show, following Agalmatophilia about the cult of mannequins in NYC, and GirlsGirlsGirls about 4th wave feminism exhibited at Manhattan’s Studio 26 gallery. Strosberg’s portraits have been commissioned by many prominent families and institutions in the Palm Beaches and elsewhere.

About the Historical Society of Palm Beach County

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to collect, preserve, and share the history of Palm Beach County and the larger context of Florida. The HSPBC operates and maintains the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, an admission-free institution featuring high quality, interactive exhibits. To learn more, call 561.832.4164 ext. 100 or visit pbchistory.org.