Invitation to a press conference on 8 December 2017, 12 noon
Major themed exhibition »Welcome to Jerusalem« at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Press Release, 28 November 2017
We cordially invite you to a press conference on Friday, 8 December on the major themed exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem.
Exhibition dates: 11 December 2017 to 30 April 2019
The 1000 m² exhibition explores aspects of the city’s history, in which religion, politics, and everyday life are inextricably interlinked. Ten chapters present Jerusalem’s many and diverse challenges through historical objects, artistic responses, and multimedia installations. When the exhibition opens in the Jewish Museum Berlin’s Old Building on Sunday, 10 December 2017, the permanent exhibition in the Libeskind Building will close for reconstruction until 2019.
|Date||Friday, 8 December 2017|
|Accreditation and private view||11 am-12 noon|
|Press conference begins||12 noon, followed by curators’ tour|
|Venue||Old Building, Level 2|
|Please note||Please allow sufficient time for the security checks at the entrance.|
Participants in the Press Conference
- Peter Schäfer, Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin
- Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin
- Cilly Kugelmann, curator of the exhibition, Jewish Museum Berlin
- Margret Kampmeyer, curator of the exhibition, Jewish Museum Berlin
To help us plan the event, please let us know by email or phone by Thursday, 7 December 2017 at the latest if you wish to attend.
About the Exhibition
The exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem tells the history of Jerusalem from Herod’s time until the present day through a selection of themes. Visitors will find objects that illuminate cultural history, with loans from private collections and international museums – including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Israel Museum Jerusalem – as well as works by contemporary artists. Multimedia installations have been specially made for the exhibition. In cooperation with zero one film, a filmic path through the exhibition was created using images from the documentary 24h Jerusalem directed by Volker Heise and produced by Thomas Kufus. In a film lounge, visitors can also watch this real-time documentation in its entirety. In this way, the exhibition sustains a constant mirroring between Jerusalem’s history and culture and its present-day city life.
One rare loan is a large model of the Muslim sacred precinct, the Haram esh-Sharif, with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Only three copies of this model exist worldwide; the one shown in the exhibition comes from the Biblical Museum in Amsterdam. The plaster cast of the relief in the Arch of Titus in Rome, showing the spoils of Jerusalem, is being loaned by the University of Leipzig’s Museum of Antiquities.
The multimedia installation Augmented Temple, created specially for the exhibition, helps visitors to understand the architecture and function of Herod’s Temple in ancient times. The streams of visitors to the temple – at the time, more than ten thousand people a day passed through on the high holidays – are projected onto a 2 m2 model, and the temple’s architecture is explained. In addition, visitors can watch rituals taken from temple life, one in each of four augmented reality films.
The exhibition expands its vision of present-day Jerusalem through works by contemporary artists. A film by Israeli multimedia artist Yael Bartana looks at the rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple. In the conceptual artwork Present Tense, Palestinian-British artist Mona Hatoum addresses the remapping of Palestine after the Oslo Accords. Jerusalem, Jerusalem by Gustav Metzger is taken from the series Historic Photographs, which Metzger agreed to lend a few months before his death.
|Exhibition dates||11 December 2017–30 April 2019|
|Location||Old Building, Level 1|
|Admission||With the museum ticket (€ 8, reduced € 3)|
|Opening hours||Daily, 10 am–8 pm|
The accompanying program will be presented at the press conference.
For further information, visit our exhibition website.
The catalog Welcome to Jerusalem, edited by Margret Kampmeyer and Cilly Kugelmann, is published in early December by Wienand Verlag for the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
With the kind support of LOTTO-Stiftung.
The exhibition’s accompanying program is supported by Siemens AG.
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