The Hulk, Superman, Terminator – they are all revenants of the golem. The artificial creation from Jewish mysticism is transforming through modern popular culture to an endearing kind of Jewish Frankenstein.
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Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
As an icon of a supposedly authentic folk culture, the golem has been inspiring writers and filmmakers since the Romantic period such as Jakob Grimm, Paul Wegener and more recently Amos Gitai and Michael Chabon. The slide presentation examines the special role of the golem for the formation of a modern Jewish culture and identity.
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Events Accompanying the Exhibition: GOLEM (11)
Golem talks, workshops, readings, and film premiere: events for adults, kids, and families held during our Golem exhibition in 2016–17.
Long Museum Night
27 August 2016
The Golem is Coming! The Jewish legend figure has inspired artists and authors
Golem – The Legend of Man
13 September 2016
ARTE Film Première and Discussion
The Clay Giant's Alive!
Held on 8 and 9 October. A musical reading with the author Anke Kuhl, plus a visit to the golem workshop, for children aged 5 and older, in German
The Golem is Coming
A vacation day all about golems for children aged 8 to 12 (in German)
20 and 27 Oct 2016
Greetings from Golem
Exhibition tour and screen-printing workshop for adults and children 6 and older (in German)
13 Nov 2016
Joshua Cohen: You want a golem?
17 Nov 2016
Golem talks: Joshua Cohen reads from his highly-praised Book of Numbers.
Cathy Gelbin: The Golem Returns
1 December 2016
Golem talks: The slide presentation examines the special role of the golem for the formation of a modern Jewish culture and identity.
Guided Tour for School Students
Program for school groups, ages 6 to 19
Tour for Adults
A one-hour group program
For Preschool and Afterschool Groups
A program for school groups and after-school groups, ages 7 and older, who want to built their own golem
Public guided tour for adults
Every Sunday (23 September–29 January 2017), 2 pm