Kosher & Co.
On Food and Religion
9 October 2009 to 28 February 2010 at the Jewish Museum Berlin
This exhibition invites you to the table, abundantly laid by the Jewish Museum Berlin! "Kosher & Co. On Food and Religion" traces an arc from the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia right through to the immediate present of Jewish cuisine. The kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws, along with everything else that has anything to do with food in Judaism right up to the present day, are the focus of the exhibition. At the same time it looks for comparisons with the other world religions, primarily Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.
The exhibition shows that food taboos, the distinction between "pure" and "impure," the act of sacrifice, table manners, ceremonies, festival dishes, and religious beliefs and rituals influence people's relationship to food without them even being aware of it. And why their appetite is not spoiled by them!
Ancient marble statues, magnificently illustrated scripts from the Middle Ages to the early modern age, and steel and plastic gadgets from the modern kosher kitchen are on show. Interactive media installations invite visitors to test their knowledge at whispering kitchen tables and devout cooking stoves with critical commentaries from the wings.
When: 9 October 2009 to 28 February 2010
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Old Building, 2nd level
Admission: 4 euros, reduced charge 2 euros