An exhibition organized by the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Jewish Cultural Festival Berlin
Pavel Feinstein was born in Moscow in 1960 and grew up in Dushanbe in Tajikistan where he attended art school. He moved to Berlin in 1980 where he continued his studies at the Hochschule der Kuenste (art college).
Feinstein's works are difficult to classify according to a contemporary art movement or school of art. They conform to the genres handed down throughout the history of art - still life, group and biblical scenes; they are representational and are painted, as tradition would dictate, in oil.
15 November 2002 - 12 January 2003
Jewish Museum Berlin, Old Building, 1st floor
However, the content of Pavel Feinstein's paintings circumvents these traditions and reinterprets them: irritating details are added to the familiar still-life inventory, alternative versions to well-known biblical stories are proposed. The people he paints, who play on stereotypical Jewish characters, live in a world which vacillates between humor and terror. A subversive game involving Jewish traditions, the conventions of painting, and the expectations of the observer is embarked upon.