Our GOLEM exhibition artists tell us what the mystical creature means to them
How did you first encounter the golem? What does the golem mean to you?
We asked some of the artists whose works are shown in our current exhibition (more about the exhibition on our website) these two questions. → continue reading
Souvenir shop in Prague, 2016; photo: Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin
They’re ubiquitous in Prague souvenir shops: clunky, mechanical golem figurines that owe their popularity to the 1951 film The Emperor and the Golem. The Czechoslovakian comedy classic, called Císařův pekař a pekařův císař in the original, was conceived by Martin Frič and Jiří Krejčík as a comedy of errors with political undertones. An irascible Emperor Rudolph II and his corrupt court are searching alternately for an elixir of youth and a recipe to turn lead into gold. But above all they want to find the legendary golem. This is the missing piece in the emperor’s cabinet of wonders and curiosities. On the search for the golem a brilliant switch takes place between Rudolf and his imperial baker, Matej. It’s an exchange from which both can profit in their different ways: → continue reading
View of a room of the exhibition GOLEM; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Sucksdorff
Laura (23), Romania, architecture student
What is your impression of the exhibition?
The exhibition is fascinating and creepy at the same time. It makes you believe that the creatures displayed are real. Therefore, the atmosphere is very intense.
Which object or room has impressed you the most?
The room with the mirrors impressed me a lot. First, we were just playing around, which was fun. I could see myself and my friend in the mirror at the same time. But when I think of it now, it could be a metaphor for “looking beyond yourself.”
Do you know a sort of “Golem” from today?
As children, we have toys, dolls, and sometimes imaginary friends. We can talk to them and make them do what we want them to do.
Edgar (49), Germany, computer science
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