In 2006 the creator of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, would have turned 150. An appropriate occasion to dedicate an unusual project to him and his invention.
The book accompanying the exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin offers
an amusing and pointed portrayal of the present state of psychoanalysis from
The book is organized around central basic psychoanalytical concepts like perversion, psychosis and phobia. The everyday world of things from Freud's most famous case histories - drill, bouquet and bathtub - makes the concepts astonishingly clear and comprehensible.
The basic concepts are flanked by articles from internationally renowned scientists. The psychoanalyst Peter Widmer looks into the role of the voice in psychoanalysis; the historian Eli Zaretsky investigates the influence of psychoanalysis on Jewish history; the film scholar Gertrud Koch pursues the depiction of psychoanalysis in cinema; the psychoanalyst Karl-Josef Pazzini reflects upon the role of a missing thing - in psychoanalysis and in the museum. A genealogy, more complete than any existing to date, provides information about the fate of the Freud family.
The volume is introduced with an essay by the exhibition curators, which deals with the setting of psychoanalytic treatment - armchair and couch - and with the space of love and law institutionalized by this setting.
The catalog includes a CD with an experimental radio drama on Freud's life
This book presents for the first time Roman Vishniac's Berlin pictures, the unknown early work of one of the master photographers of the 20th century.
The photographs are accompanied by Mara Vishniac Kohn's
personal memoir of her father and her childhood in Berlin.
The photographer Roman Vishniac, famous for his pictures of "A Vanished World" lived in Berlin from 1920 to 1939. In these twenty years he captured everyday life in the German capital, people in the steets, Berlin characters, friends and family as well as Jewish institutions.
More about Vishniac on the website of the exhibition ...
Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated throughout the world in December - with gingerbread or latkes, between tradition, commerce, and family celebration, with a profession of one's religious beliefs or political message.
This book examines the history of these holidays
that recall the birth of Jesus and the rededication of the Temple,
respectively, more than two thousand years ago. The authors investigate
the holidays’ origins, their rituals and customs, and search out the
cultural interrelations between both traditions.
Surprising and amusing, this book uses both kitsch and art to illustrate religious and secular aspects, and offers an insight into the rich and diverse developments, of the popular Christian and Jewish holidays.
Have a look at the website of the exhibition!
To honor its outstanding architect, the Jewish Museum Berlin, in
collaboration with the Barbican Centre, London, will open a special
exhibition entitled "Counterpoint: The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind."
In an area exceeding 600 m², the exhibit shows fourteen of his projects through models, design plans, sketches, films, photographs, and audio recordings. Daniel Libeskind's model for Ground Zero and the World Trade
Center were on display for the first time in Germany. Alongside
famous buildings including the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Felix Nussbaum
Haus in Osnabrück, and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, the
exhibition also presented less-publicized buildings such as the
Atelier Weil on Mallorca as well as projects still at the planning
stage like the "Musicon" concert hall in Bremen and the "Spiral"
extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His competition entries to design Potsdamer Platz, Alexanderplatz, and the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site in Oranienburg were not destined to be realized, but
reveal the architect's vision for Berlin and commemorative culture in
Daniel Libeskind the visionary, who continues to break ground through his multidisciplinary approach, inspired a new critical discourse in the architectural world. One important feature of his method is always posing counterpoints. Daniel Libeskind's philosophical approach connects architecture and city planning with their social function and develops them through constant dialogue. As a musician, he finds inspiration in the works of composers from Bach to Schoenberg and Messiaen and in fact even staged and designed an opera production for the first time in 2002: "Saint Francois D'Assise" at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. The cosmopolitan and bridge builder: Daniel Libeskind was born in Poland and grew up in Israel as well as the USA where he became a US citizen. He lived in Berlin for thirteen years and has recently moved with his wife, Nina, and daughter, Rachel, to New York.