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Menashe Kadishman, Via Lewandowsky, Arnold Dreyblatt, and the Art Vending Machine

Shalekhet - Fallen Leaves
Installation Fallen Leaves (photo)

Menashe Kadishman, Installation Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves), 1997-2001
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Marion Roßner

Menashe Kadishman's contribution to the Jewish Museum Berlin is the installation titled Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) in the Memory Void, one of the empty spaces of the Libeskind Building. Over 10,000 open-mouthed faces coarsely cut from heavy, circular iron plates cover the floor.

Kadishman's installation, on loan from Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, powerfully compliments the spatial feel of the Voids. While these serve as an architectural expression of the irretrievable loss of the Jews murdered in Europe, Menashe Kadishman's sculptures filling them evoke painful recollections of the innocent victims of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Menashe Kadishman (*1932)
Gallery of the Missing
Photo of Via Lewandowsky

Via Lewandowsky
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Hans Grunert

Via Lewandowsky's "Gallery of the Missing" reminds visitors of the idea and character of "that which no longer exists". With this project, the artist refers symbolically to what has been lost, but can still be represented, a concept which Daniel Libeskind incorporated in his architecture, called "Voids". Five of them "interrupt" the Libeskind Building across a straight axis.

Black glass sculptures are installed on the exhibition floors in correlation with particular architectural "negative" spaces. The showcases, which visitors cannot look into, contain acoustic descriptions of missing objects. With the help of various soundbites, missing objects will be presented to the visitor's inner eye.

Via Lewandowsky (*1963)
Photo of Arnold Dreyblatt

Arnold Dreyblatt infront of his installation "Unsaid".
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Sönke Tollkühn

Excerpts from letters, diaries, and reports stemming from before deportation and from the ghettos and camps, but also notices from the authorities organizing the mass murders, appear and disappear in the installation entitled ”Unsaid” by the artist Arnold Dreyblatt. Since November 2008, this work has been on show in the permanent exhibition by the wall displaying photos of the Allies in front of the liberated concentration camps.

Arnold Dreyblatt (*1953)
Art Vending Machine in the Permanent Exhibition
A white vending machine and pink slack lines holding it on the wall

'Art Vending Machine' after the design by Hanno Dannenfeldt
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Stephan Klonk

Small cutouts of bowling balls with key chains

"Spares." Cut bowling balls. The artworks by Assaf Gruber can be used either as small key chains or as necklaces.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Black and white street view of a house

"Highway, Berlin, 2011." A Postcard from "In and Between the Cities." A Film by Daphna Westerman. The artist was intensively photographing her life through the cities she saw and the roads she traveled on, creating a (fictional) film that existed only through these postcards which she mailed to friends and fellow artists regularly. © Daphna Westerman

Etching of four persons on a balcony

The work "The Balcony" by David Moses is based on an etching by his grandfather who made his orginal print based on impressions of a trip to Berlin in 1963-64.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Human figure made of wire wrapped around rail track gravel

"Das Vermächtnis der Friede Traurig / The Legacy of Friede Traurig. It's never too late to have a happy childhood." Wire wrapped around rail track gravel. As "executrix," Deborah Wargon grapples with the treasures and dark mysteries of legacies.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Two colorful buttons hand-painted and inscribed with Hebrew letters

The main idea by artist Lina Khesina behind this object called "Tsemed Chemed – Fast Friends" is to show the beauty of the Hebrew language, to examine this beauty in playful ways and to transport it into everyday life – or, more specifically, to wear it.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Photo of a single, faraway and flowering tree in front of a stone wall and blue sky

"PHOTOMAT. Challenging WallMAT." Photoprint on aluminium Dibond. In a series of 10 images focusing on the rhythm of life of her home country Israel, the Israeli-German artist Ruthe Zuntz shows what is possible when divisions are dissolved.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Ink screen-printing on hand-burned velvet which shows two opposing skeletal fragments

"Essence." Ink screen-printing on hand-burned velvet by Victor Alaluf. The artwork seeks to express both the sense of destruction and that of rebirth, both death and life, structure and fragility.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Father and daughter on a couch

Photograph from the series "In Fathers’ Arms" by Mascha Danzis
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

A candle in form of a root

In search of one’s roots – Alexis Hyman Wolff made a mould and beeswax casts of this find from her home, California.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Processed Coca-Cola cans in Hebrew and Arabic

Processed Coca-Cola cans from Israel and Palestine by Andrei Krioukov, founder of the art form "disposable realism"
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

"A letter to Deutsche Post, 2013, 27/80"

Conceptual art by Alex Martinis Roe on the reissue of the stamps "Hannah Arendt" and "Rahel Varnhagen"
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Paper mezuzah with pull-out comic strip

Paper mezuzah with pull-out comic strip by Zara Verity Morris
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Booklet "The Guardian / Sycamore Group"

Booklet with a text based on archival documents from the Kibbutz Hazorea (Israel) and illustrations by Atalya Laufer
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Film still: view of a room through a wall

Postcard with a film still from the movie "The Fourth Wall" by Daniel Laufer
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Postcard with a film still from the movie "The Fourth Wall" by Daniel Laufer
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Since 23 August 2013, there is a new exhibit in the permament exhibition – a remodeled and newly designed vending machine from the 1970s. The 'Art Vending Machine' is dedicated to Jewish life in Berlin today. Seven Jewish artists from around the world who live and work in Berlin have produced small works of art especially for the machine – viewing the object through their creative lens, the artists present life in Berlin in their very own language of form.

Our visitors can embark upon a voyage of discovery for just 4 euros (payable in four one-euro coins or two two-euro coins) – in the 'goody bags,' a variety of objects from the areas of photography, graphic design, media, and object art can be found. Each artist produced a limited edition of 200 works that will be on offer in the 'Art Vending Machine' located in the permanent exhibition on first level in the coming months.

The following artists are involved in the project:
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