Menashe Kadishman, Via Lewandowsky, Arnold Dreyblatt, and the Art Vending Machine
Shalekhet - Fallen Leaves
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 (1932-2015)
Born in 1932 in Tel Aviv, Menashe Kadishman studied sculpture in Israel from 1947 to 1950. He continued his education in Great Britain at the St. Martin's School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London (1959-1960).
Menashe Kadishman has been awarded several prizes since the 1960s, among them first prize for sculpture at the Fifth Paris Biennial Art Festival (1967), the Sandberg Prize from the Israel Museum Jerusalem (1978), the Mendel Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art (1984), and the renowned Israel Prize (1995). He represented Israel at the Venetian Biennial Art Festival in 1978. In the years since 1965, Kadishman's art has been shown in numerous single and group exhibitions in Israel and far beyond, and has won international acclaim.
Menashe Kadishman died on May 8, 2015.
Gallery of the Missing
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)
Born in Dresden, Germany in 1963, Via Lewandowsky studied at the university of the fine arts in his hometown between 1982 and 1987. During the 1990s he received a scholarship as an artist-in-residence at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York and at the Baff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Lewandowsky was awarded several German art prizes. Beside numerous one-man exhibitions from Vienna across Amsterdam to New York, he also took part in many group exhibitions, among them the Documenta IX in Kassel, "Deutschlandbilder" (Berlin, 1997) and "Art of the XXth Century: a Century of Art in Germany" (Berlin, 1999).
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)
Born in 1953 in New York City, Arnold Dreyblatt studied composition, ethnomusicology, new media, and electronic arts. The artist has lived in Berlin since 1984. His works have appeared in publications, have been recorded and shown at exhibitions, such as: “Turntable History,” Galerie Singuhr, Berlin (2009); MAK Vienna (2008); “Memory Lost,” Galerie e/static, Torino (2007); “Innocent Questions,” Center for Holocaust and Minorities, Olso, Norway (2006); “Ephemeris Epigraphica,” the National Gallery at the former train station (Hamburger Bahnhof), Museum for the Present, Berlin (2006); “The Wunderblock”, Hannover Arts Association (2003); “Aus den Archiven,” State Gallery Saarbrücken (2002); “The ReCollection Mechanism,” Jewish Museum, New York (2001). In addition, Arnold Dreyblatt has been involved in various teaching activities. He first taught film in 1979 to the mentally handicapped in New York’s district of East Harlem. He has been professor of medial art at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel since 2009. He was voted a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in 2007.
In her satirical series "Feinkost Adam ©" German artist Anna Adam takes a tongue in cheek look at stereotypes and prejudices against Jews.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe
Fragile charcoal drawings, entrancing prints, and playful installations – the "art vending machine" at the Jewish Museum Berlin has a wide range of surprising contemporary art hiding in its 30 compartments. The small-format unicums were created by international Jewish artists living in Berlin. All works of art were created exclusively for the art vending machine and are hand signed limited editions.
Since August 2013, visitors have been able to draw a piece of contemporary art from the machine – a redesigned and rebuilt vending machine from the 1970s – for 4 euros (payable in four one-euro or two two-euro coins).
In the current round (1 April 2015), nearly all of the participating artists have created two series for the machine – a total of 2,600 works will thus be available on the 1st level of the permanent exhibition in the coming months.
The following artists are involved in the project:
from April 2015
Anna Adam (born in Siegen, Germany, 1963)
Howard Katz (born in New York, USA)
Maria & Natalia Petschatnikov (born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, today St. Petersburg, Russia, 1973)
Deborah S. Phillips (lives and works in Berlin, Germany)
Georg Sadowicz (born in Legnica, Polen, 1972)
Hadas Tapouchi (born in Mosav Beit Nehemia, Israel, 1981)
Daniel Wiesenfeld (born in Buffalo, NY, USA, 1969)
August - October 2014
Victor Alaluf (born in Posadas, Argentina, 1976)
Assaf Gruber (born in Jerusalem, Israel, 1980)
Lina Khesina (born in Pensa, Soviet Union, today: Russia, 1983)
David Moses (born in Bonn, Germany, 1983)
Deborah Wargon (born in Melbourne, Australia, 1962)
Daphna Westerman (born in Tel Aviv, Israel, 1979)
Ruthe Zuntz (born in Haifa, Israel, 1971)
August 2013 - July 2014
Mascha Danzis (born in Leningrad, Soviet Union, today: St. Petersburg, Russia, 1972)
Andrei Krioukov (born in Moscow, Soviet Union, today: Russia, 1959)
Atalya Laufer (born in Kibbutz Hazorea, Israel, 1979)
Daniel Laufer (born in Hanover, Germany, 1975)
Zara Verity Morris (born in London, Great Britain, 1983)
Alex Martinis Roe (born in Melbourne, Australia, 1982)
Alexis Hyman Wolff (born in Los Angeles, USA, 1982)
Read more about the artists, and how the 'Art Vending Machine' made its way into the permanent exhibition on our blog, Blogerim.