Back in November 2022, the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) invited ten artists and artist duos to design artworks for the display cases in the entrance and exit areas of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy. The works were to reflect the functions and activities of the Academy. The Federal Government Commissioner for Art and Media made a total of € 73,000 available for the realization of the project Kunst am Bau (“Art in Architecture”).
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Diaspora Garden
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
First prize in the competition to design the entrance area of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy at the JMB in Berlin-Kreuzberg goes to Berlin-based artist Judith Raum (*1977 in Werneck, Germany) for her entry Rustling Papers. The Academy houses the JMB’s archive, education department and library and organizes events to complement the museum's programs.
Judith Raum’s two-part design Rustling Papers is a visual reflection of the Academy’s archive and library, with larger-than-life books, papers and files filling the display cases as if emerging at an angle from the wall and floor. The cases themselves resemble giant shipping crates or book boxes, echoing the truncated cubes of Daniel Libeskind’s architecture. Sculptural objects, walls, floors and ceilings are painted in a pale color, so that the cases radiate into the surrounding area: “It all gives off a pale yellow light, which is disconcerting and arouses curiosity”, says Judith Raum. The sculpture is combined with an audio recording which translates the Academy’s activities into mini-performances. These include readings from documents, as well as statements by Academy staff, spoken by actors and capturing their work, experience and relationship to museum exhibits in a series of short fictional dialogues. The jury was impressed by the artistic technique of making the Academy’s work and materials speak in the form of whispering sources, inspiring the visitor’s own thoughts and speech. They particularly commended the combination of sculptural setting and immaterial narration which “appeals to visitors on different levels in a manner that is at once clear and complex.”
Second prize was awarded to artist Maximiliane Baumgartner for her entry With the Book Trolley.
Artists and artist duos
- Maximiliane Baumgartner, With the book trolley, 2023, competition entry; Düsseldorf 2023
- bellu&bellu (Artistic Duo), Untitled, 2023, competition entry Berlin 2023
- Anca Benera und Arnold Estefan (Artistic Duo), THE IMPOSSIBLE ARCHIVE, 2023, competition entry; Vienna 2023
- Arnold Dreyblatt, RESERVE_VOIR, 2023, competition entry; Berlin 2023
- Ofri Lapid and Marija Petrovic (Artistic Duo), Fragmente des Alltäglichen (“Everyday Fragments”), 2023 competition entry; Berlin 2023
- Michaela Melián, Ein Ort für Gustav Metzger (“A Place for Gustav Metzger”), 2023, competition entry; Hamburg and Munich 2023
- Judith Raum, Rustling Papers, 2023, competition entry; Berlin 2023
- Aura Rosenberg, o. T., 2023, competition entry; New York und Berlin
- Silke Wagner, Schalom Shalom, 2023, competition entry; Frankfurt am Main 2023
- Alice Koegel, Exhibition Director and Curator / Nationalgalerie / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, National Museums in Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
- Prof. Karina Nimmerfall, University of Cologne, Professor for Interdisciplinary Artistic and Media Art Practice and Theory
- Marcel Odenbach, artist, Emeritus Professor at Düsseldorf Art Academy
- Hetty Berg, Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation, Director
- Shelley Harten, Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation, Curator
- Prof. Dr. Fiona McGovern, Assistant Professor of Curatorial Practice and Art Education, University of Hildesheim
Exhibition Information at a Glance
- 5 Jul to 10 Sep 2023
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
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W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Diaspora Garden
Our Buildings: Daniel Libeskind and the Baroque Era (7)
Daniel Libeskind and the Baroque Era
The architecture of the Jewish Museum Berlin bears the distinctive fingerprints of Daniel Libeskind. The American architect designed the main museum building, but also the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy and the Glass Courtyard. The building compound also includes a baroque palace and a garden from the 1980s that is a protected landmark.
The Libeskind Building
With his “Between the Lines” design, American architect Daniel Libeskind did not want simply to design a museum building, but to recount German-Jewish history.
The Old Building
The former Collegienhaus is the last extant baroque palace in the historic Friedrichstadt neighborhood. The erstwhile Seat of the Royal Court of Justice is now the museum’s entrance with exhibition spaces on the upper level.
The W. Michael Blumenthal Academy
A former wholesale flower market was refurbished based on Libeskind’s In-Between Spaces design. With three cubes, the visual language echoes the architecture of the rest of the museum
The Glass Courtyard
The Glass Courtyard was designed by Daniel Libeskind, who drew inspiration from a sukkah (Hebrew for thatched hut). With a glass and steel structure, it covers the inner courtyard of the baroque Old Building.
The Diaspora Garden
The Diaspora Garden is located in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy’s inner courtyard. Four “plateaus” that seem to be floating midair are planted with species related to Jewish life or with their own history of dispersion.
Our Museum Gardens
Behind the Old Building and around the Libeskind Building, two garden areas round out our grounds and allow our visitors to take a reflective break before and after their time in the museum.
Art in Architecture
Design competition show for the entrance and exit areas of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy
5 Jul to 10 Sep 2023