Exhibitions - Jewish Museum Berlin

Shalechet - Fallen Leaves

The Installation

Menashe Kadishman's contribution to the Jewish Museum Berlin is the installation titled Shalechet (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.

Born in 1932, Menashe Kadishman studied sculpture in Israel from 1947 to 1950. He continued his education in Great Britain at the St. Martin's School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London (1959-1960). Today the artist lives and works in his native town of Tel Aviv.

Gallery of the Missing

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.

Born in Dresden, Germany in 1963, Via Lewandowsky studied at the university of the fine arts in his hometown between 1982 and 1987. During the 1990s he received a scholarship as an artist-in-residence at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York and at the Baff Centre for the Arts in Canada.

Lewandowsky was awarded several German art prizes. Beside numerous one-man exhibitions from Vienna across Amsterdam to New York, he also took part in many group exhibitions, among them the Documenta IX in Kassel, "Deutschlandbilder" (Berlin, 1997) and "Art of the XXth Century: a Century of Art in Germany" (Berlin, 1999).

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