Art to go: The art vending machine enters its fourth round

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Press Release, 23 March 2016

Young Jewish artists design small limited series for the Jewish Museum Berlin

The fourth round of the art vending machine in the Jewish Museum Berlin will start on April 1, with works by seven new artists. Participating in the project are again Jewish artists from a variety of countries who live and work in Berlin. They each created one or two limited series, each with 200 to 400 pieces, for the refurbished vintage vending machine from the 1970s.

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"The art vending machine is a wonderful format by which to integrate contemporary art into our permanent exhibition. Each work of art has its own way of telling about Jewish life in Berlin," said Gelia Eisert, curator of the vending machine.

A random selection

For six euros each, visitors can pick out a pink, black, or white package containing a work of art from one of the sixty compartments of the vending machine and take it home with them. In addition to unique artworks and signed originals, the visitors also obtain information about the artists and their work. A display next to the art vending machine offers the visitors an initial peek at the artworks, but which one a visitor actually receives is a matter of chance. The proceeds go directly to the artists; the Jewish Museum Berlin also covers the material costs of creating the works of art.

Objects in Round Four

Among the works this year are high-quality photographs by Noga Shtainer, Birgit Naomi Glatzel, Daniela Orvin, and Joachim Seinfeld; oil paintings by David Benforado; art postcards by Shira Wachsmann; an art film by Birgit Naomi Glatzel (in collaboration with Benjamin Seide); and ceramics by Rachel Kohn. The artists selected the form and materials themselves.

Three years of vending-machine art

The Jewish Museum Berlin has been offering art from the vending machine in its permanent exhibition since August 23, 2013. A total of 5,400 artworks in the previous three rounds were sold out within only a few weeks. The art vending machine is refilled regularly with new art by rotating artists. The artists for the fifth round in 2017 have already been selected.

Artists in Round Four:
Birgit Naomi Glatzel (b. 1970, Kempten, Germany)
Daniela Orvin (b. 1973, Berlin, Germany)
David Benforado (b. 1977, Athens, Greece)
Joachim Seinfeld (b. 1962, Paris, France)
Noga Shtainer (b. 1982, Safed, Israel)
Rachel Kohn (b. 1962, Prague, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic)
Shira Wachsmann (b. 1984, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Press photos for reporting (listing credits and in compliance with copyright details) are available for download at: www.jmberlin.de/fotodownload.

Read more on the individual artists and their works in the museum blog "Blogerim": www.jmberlin.de/blog