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The Cruel God? Violence, Religion and Art

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In the special exhibition An Installation in 15 Rooms by Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway, the much discussed Bible story about God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his own son is staged with visual opulence by multimedia artist Boddeke and filmmaker Greenaway. Art historian and director Grit Lederer takes a look behind the scenes of the exhibition. Over a period of several months, she accompanies the artist couple during the exhibition set-up and visits Boddeke and Greenaway in their hometown of Amsterdam on the trail of their inspiration sources.

The interpretation of this puzzling story is different in all three monotheistic religions. ARTE explores these different interpretations in the documentary, talking to the theologian Eugen Drewermann, Rabbi Michaël Azoulay, and Imam Tareq Oubrou among others in Germany and France.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

The culture documentary will also be shown on the TV channel ARTE on 9 September 2015, 9.40 pm.

A discussion with the director Grit Lederer, Micha Brumlik, Senior Advisor at Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS – Center for Jewish Studies) and publicist, as well as Margret Kampmeyer, Curator of the exhibition Obedience, will follow the showing.

Moderation: Volker Resing, chief editor of Herder Korrrespondenz

Guests of ARTE film premiere have the opportunity to visit the exhibition free of charge on the day of the event after picking up their admission ticket.

In cooperation with ARTE.

Germany 2015, a film by Grit Lederer, produced by Irene Höfer, 52 min., ZDF/ARTE & Medea Film

One of the accompanying events for the Obedience exhibition.

Where, when, what?

  • When 7 September 2015, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map

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