Traditionally, the youngest child asks four questions during the seder meal that begins the Passover festival. Drawing on this tradition, film director Yael Reuveny asks Jews four questions about their Judaism and their lives in Germany. In four short films, the protagonists find very different, and always highly personal, answers to the questions. She presents the diversity of contemporary Jewish life in polyphonous, contradictory, surprising, and entertaining fashion.
Mesubin: The Gathered
With her video installation Mesubin, Yael Reuveny created one of the highlights of our core exhibition in collaboration with Clemens Walter. Across twenty-one monitors, more than fifty Jews come together virtually. Only a small fraction of the extensive video footage could be used for this artwork. In total, the director recorded fifty hours of interviews.
For our collection, Yael Reuveny produced these four short films out of this extensive material. They open different windows onto questions of Jewish self-definition, belonging and notions of home. In some cases, these films correspond to the installation in the core exhibition, but often they also voice new and unanticipated aspects.
“These people cannot be reduced to a common denominator. They have nothing in common – except for the invisible, but crucial, fact that they are Jewish,” Reuveny explains. To express this elusive commonality, each of the short films ends with the Mah Nishtanah, the sung version of the four questions from the Passover Haggadah, which the protagonists sing separately – and yet together – in unison.
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Selected Works of Art: Art at the Jewish Museum Berlin (4)
Art at the Jewish Museum Berlin
The Jewish Museum Berlin houses a collection of works of art which we would like to introduce to you.
Shalekhet by Menashe Kadishman
This installation can be found in the Memory Void which is located on the ground floor of the Libeskind Building.
Mesubin (The Gathered)
The video installation by Yael Reuveny brings the polyphony of contemporary Jewish together. On our website you can see four short films from the footage.
Gallery of the Missing by Via Lewandowsky
On display in the Eric F. Ross Gallery on the ground floor of the Libeskind Building
Shevirat ha-Kelim (Breaking of the Vessels) by Anselm Kiefer
This installation can be found in our core exhibition in the Libeskind Building, on level 2.
Contemporary Jewish Life
Video Installation and Media Art
Contemporary History Collection
Since 2015, we have focused on collecting objects from after 1945.
All About ...
Digital presentation of our archive collections on different topics, video projects, and more
At a Glance…
Jewish Life in Germany: Past and Present
More about our core exhibition
since Aug 2020
Collecting the present
Krätzchen Carnival Cap (Kölsche Kippa Köpp Carnival Society), gift of Aaron Knappstein, 2019
20 years, 21 objects