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The Installations

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


Shalekhet - Fallen Leaves

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 (1932-2015)
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

In her satirical series "Feinkost Adam ©" German artist Anna Adam takes a tongue in cheek look at stereotypes and prejudices against Jews.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Fragile charcoal drawings, entrancing prints, and playful installations – the "art vending machine" at the Jewish Museum Berlin has a wide range of surprising contemporary art hiding in its 30 compartments. The small-format unicums were created by international Jewish artists living in Berlin. All works of art were created exclusively for the art vending machine and are hand signed limited editions.

Since August 2013, visitors have been able to draw a piece of contemporary art from the machine – a redesigned and rebuilt vending machine from the 1970s – for 4 euros (payable in four one-euro or two two-euro coins).

In the current round (1 April 2015), nearly all of the participating artists have created two series for the machine – a total of 2,600 works will thus be available on the 1st level of the permanent exhibition in the coming months.

The following artists are involved in the project:
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