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Worm's-eye view of the chest and face of a woman dressed in white with platinum blonde, short hair on a donkey, whose neck, cut at the left edge of the picture, is just visible. Background: Berlin Brandenburg Gate and steel blue sky

Yael Bartana
The Book of Malka Germania

Accompanying Publication to the Exhibition Yael Bartana: Redemption Now

She Is Hope.
She Is the Leader.
She Is the Messiah.
She Is History.
She Is Fake.

The video artist Yael Bartana (b. Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, 1970; lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin) makes work that explores the visual language of identity and the politics of commemoration. The critical scrutiny of collective expectations of political or religious salvation is a central concern in her art. In the video installation Malka Germania—Hebrew for “Queen Germania”—Bartana creates alternative realities from the German-Jewish past and present that bring scenes of the collective unconscious to light.

The publication follows the epiphany of Malka Germania, a female redeemer figure, in five chapters whose layout is modeled on that of the Talmud, the central text in Rabbinical Judaism. This organization reflects the polyphonic complexity, rich nuance, and ambivalence that the work casts into visuals and underscores that there is no simple answer.

The book includes an interview with the artist and contributions by Sami Berdugo, Christina von Braun, Michael Brenner, Max Czollek, and others. It is published on occasion of the exhibition Yael Bartana: Redemption Now at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Yael Bartana studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Her work is held by collections all over the world and has been presented in solo exhibitions at venues including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the Moderna Museet, Malmö.



by Shelley Harten and Gregor H. Lersch

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She Is Hope

Griselda Pollock: Hope/Elpis/Tikvah: A False Friend or the Defence from History Against Our Current Enemies?, Alexander van der Haven: The End as the Past

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Who Is Malka Germania?

Yael Bartana in Conversation with Shelley Harten and Gregor H. Lersch

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  • Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania
    200 pages
    130 illustrations
    Clothbound hardcover
    Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
    Berlin 2021

    ISBN: 978-3-96912-036-1
    English (also available in German)

  • Editors

    Shelley Harten, Gregor Lersch, Jewish Museum Berlin

  • With contributions by

    Yael Berda, Sami Berdugo, Christina von Braun, Michael Brenner, Max Czollek, Shelley Harten, Alexander van der Haven, Elke Morlok, Cas Mudde, Griselda Pollock, Julia Roth, Lavie Tidhar

  • Translations

    Jon Cho-Polizzi (German: Max Czollek), Jake Schneider (German: Preface, Introduction, Michael Brenner, Elke Morlok, Christina von Braun, Julia Roth, Interview), Nicholas Yantian (Hebrew: Sami Berdugo)

  • Design

    Avi Bohbot, Gila Kaplan in cooperation with the artist

  • Price

    42 €
    Available in all bookshops

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Catalogs: Exhibition Publications (43)

Exhibition Publications

Our temporary exhibitions have had accompanying catalogs, journals, and essay collections in various formats.

JMB Logo

Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania

Accompanying publication to the exhibition Yael Bartana: Redemption Now


res·o·nant. Mischa Kuball

Exhibition Catalog


The cover of our catalog for the Jerusalem exhibition.

Welcome to Jerusalem

Exhibition Catalog

Eran Shakine

Exhibition Catalog A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew


Exhibition Catalog

Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Exhibition Catalog Transcending Tradition

No Compromises! The Art of Boris Lurie

Exhibition Catalog

In a Foreign Country

Companion booklet to the exhibition about literature from DP camps


Exhibition Catalog

Pictures Galore and Collecting Mania

Exhibition Brochure

Snip it!

Exhibition Catalog


Braginsky Collection

Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World featuring artifacts of Jewish written culture from the Braginsky Collection

Fred Stein. Paris New York

Exhibition Catalog


A Time for Everything

Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog

The Whole Truth

Special Issue for the Exhibition

JMB Journal

R.B. Kitaj

Catalog for the exhibition about the artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007)

Russians Jews Germans

A catalog accompanying the exhibition Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present


Berlin Transit

Exhibition Catalog

Heimatkunde (How German is it?)

30 Artists' Notion of Home – Exhibition Catalog

Radical Jewish?

Special Issue for the Radical Jewish Culture Exhibition


Jewish Forced Laborers at Ehrich & Graetz

Book about forced labor at the metal and electric goods manufacturer in Berlin's Treptow district

Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis

Exhibition catalog about Jewish authors and illustrators and comics

Flight and Metamorphosis

Exhibition Catalog

Kosher & Co.

Catalog for the exhibition on food and religion containing numerous essays (with free excerpts)


Deadly Medicine

Exhibition Catalog Tödliche Medizin. Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus
(Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race)

Ruth Jacobi. Photographs

Exhibition Catalog

Looting Restitution

Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present


Exhibition Catalog typisch! Klischees von Juden und Anderen
(Typical! Clichés about Jews and Others)

Dateline: Israel

Exhibition catalog of contemporary photography and video art

Charlotte Salomon

Exhibition Catalog Charlotte Salomon. Leben? oder Theater?
(Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?)

"Neben seinen Schnürsenkeln in einem leeren Kühlschrank laufen" ("Walking Next to One’s Shoelaces Inside an Empty Fridge")

Book on the Installation by Chantal Akerman

The Danube Exodus

Companion publication to the multimedia installation The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River

Home and Exile

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Roman Vishniac's Berlin

Exhibition Catalog


JMB Logo


Exhibition Catalog

Family Pictures

Exhibition Publication

Jakob Steinhardt: Der Prophet (Jakob Steinhardt: The Prophet)

A Publication by the Berlin Municipal Museum

10+5=Gott (10+5=God)

Exhibition Catalog

Cover “Carlo Levi”

Carlo Levi

Exhibition Catalog Carlo Levi. Ausgewählte Werke 1926–1974
(Carlo Levi. Selected Works, 1926–1974)

"Dem Deutschen Volke" (To the German People)

The Story of the Loevy Bronze Foundry (Exhibition Publication)

Disposable Eyes

Companion publication to two photography projects, Disposable Eyes and Promised Land

Collect, Fold, Count

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