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Menashe Kadishman, Via Lewandowsky, Arnold Dreyblatt, and the Art Vending Machine


Shalekhet - Fallen Leaves
Installation Fallen Leaves (photo)

Menashe Kadishman, Installation Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves), 1997-2001
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Marion Roßner

Menashe Kadishman's contribution to the Jewish Museum Berlin is the installation titled Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) in the Memory Void, one of the empty spaces of the Libeskind Building. Over 10,000 open-mouthed faces coarsely cut from heavy, circular iron plates cover the floor.

Kadishman's installation, on loan from Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, powerfully compliments the spatial feel of the Voids. While these serve as an architectural expression of the irretrievable loss of the Jews murdered in Europe, Menashe Kadishman's sculptures filling them evoke painful recollections of the innocent victims of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Menashe Kadishman (*1932)
Gallery of the Missing
Photo of Via Lewandowsky

Via Lewandowsky
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Hans Grunert

Via Lewandowsky's "Gallery of the Missing" reminds visitors of the idea and character of "that which no longer exists". With this project, the artist refers symbolically to what has been lost, but can still be represented, a concept which Daniel Libeskind incorporated in his architecture, called "Voids". Five of them "interrupt" the Libeskind Building across a straight axis.

Black glass sculptures are installed on the exhibition floors in correlation with particular architectural "negative" spaces. The showcases, which visitors cannot look into, contain acoustic descriptions of missing objects. With the help of various soundbites, missing objects will be presented to the visitor's inner eye.

Via Lewandowsky (*1963)
Unsaid
Photo of Arnold Dreyblatt

Arnold Dreyblatt infront of his installation "Unsaid".
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Sönke Tollkühn

Excerpts from letters, diaries, and reports stemming from before deportation and from the ghettos and camps, but also notices from the authorities organizing the mass murders, appear and disappear in the installation entitled ”Unsaid” by the artist Arnold Dreyblatt. Since November 2008, this work has been on show in the permanent exhibition by the wall displaying photos of the Allies in front of the liberated concentration camps.

Arnold Dreyblatt (*1953)
Art Vending Machine in the Permanent Exhibition

"Spares." Cut bowling balls. The artworks by Assaf Gruber can be used either as small key chains or as necklaces.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Since 23 August 2013, there is a new exhibit in the permament exhibition – a remodeled and newly designed vending machine from the 1970s. The 'Art Vending Machine' is dedicated to Jewish life in Berlin today. Seven Jewish artists from around the world who live and work in Berlin have produced small works of art especially for the machine – viewing the object through their creative lens, the artists present life in Berlin in their very own language of form.

Our visitors can embark upon a voyage of discovery for just 4 euros (payable in four one-euro coins or two two-euro coins) – in the 'goody bags,' a variety of objects from the areas of photography, graphic design, media, and object art can be found. Each artist produced a limited edition of 200 works that will be on offer in the 'Art Vending Machine' located in the permanent exhibition on first level in the coming months.

The following artists are involved in the project:
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