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On 23 August 2020, the Jewish Museum Berlin is opening its new core exhibition. Until then the museum will be closed for renovations.

Eran Shakine

A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew

Eran Shakine, A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew didn’t realize that happiness was following them for some time now, oil pastels on canvas, 90 x 120 cm; courtesy of the artist

In his large-scale drawings, Eran Shakine (born in 1962 in Tel Aviv) humorously considers the similarities and differences between Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

The exhibition title sounds like the beginning of a joke, but here, there are no stereotypes. An outwardly indistinguishable trio in the series is a symbol for the three major world religions. In search of common origins, the love of God or dialog with Moses, they experience various bizarre or everyday situations.

Past Exhibition

  Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus


Libeskind Building, ground level, Eric F. Ross Gallery

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

"Once you strip off everything we use in order to distinguish ourselves from one another, we all have the same basic need: We all want to be happy." (Eran Shakine)

As carefree as the drawings appear, their statement is a serious one: Muslims, Christians, and Jews share a common history despite the different interpretation of their Scriptures. Their wishes, hopes, and dreams are ultimately very similar.

In Eran Shakine's first solo show in Germany, we exhibited roughly 40 large-format drawings on paper and canvas and three metal sculptures.

Eran Shakine

Eran Shakine paints, draws, and creates sculptures and art in public spaces. He was born in Israel in 1962 to a French father and Hungarian mother, both of whom are Shoah survivors. Now he lives in Tel Aviv, New York, and London.

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As an accompanying event, the artist gave an artist talk with live painting at the Jewish Museum Berlin on 7 February 2017.


Eran Shakine, A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew knocking on heaven's door, 2016, oil pastels on canvas, 140 x 90 cm; courtesy of the artist

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When

    28 Oct 2016 to 5 Mar 2017

  • Where

    Libeskind Building, ground level, Eric F. Ross Gallery
    Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
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