The people behind the characters


Photograph: Charlotte Salomon in Villefranche, 1939
Charlotte Salomon in Villefranche, 1939
© Charlotte Salomon Foundation, Amsterdam

The exhibition in Berlin constitutes the conclusion and culmination of the traveling exhibition "Life? or Theatre?". In the city where Charlotte Salomon's story took place, the exhibition is enhanced by rich documentation with photographs and original documents from archives and private collections in Berlin and from Joods Historisch Museum.

Display cases show original documents and photographs of the individuals who play an important role as characters in the picture cycle. In addition to the main character Charlotte Salomon herself, these persons are her father Albert Salomon, Charlotte's grandparents Grunwald, the singer Paula Lindberg and the voice teacher Alfred Wolfsohn, whose legacy has been in safekeeping at the Jewish Museum Berlin since 2003. Many of these documents have never been exhibited before. Among them are university files, original photographs, and even a silver napkin ring with Franziska Salomon's initials. It is the only object remaining from Charlotte's mother.

Several media stations explain these and other documents, placed in their historical context and supplemented by photographs and film material. A historical map of Berlin-Charlottenburg shows the locations important in Charlotte's life.

A catalog of the exhibition has been published.

When: 17 August to 25 November 2007,
daily from 10 to 8, Mondays to 10 (closed: 9/13+14, 9/22, 9/25, 11/17/2007)
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin

An exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin in collaboration with Joods Historisch Museum Amsterdam.

Mit einer Installation von Chantal Akerman. Vom 17. August bis 25. November 2007