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© Yael Bartana
© Yael Bartana

From 4 June 2021, the Jewish Museum Berlin will present Yael Bartana: Redemption Now. This large-scale solo exhibition of the contemporary artist Yael Bartana investigates the power of imagination and art’s redemptive potential. For more than twenty years, Bartana has been inquiring into grand historical narratives that help to constitute national and other collective identities.

The show brings together more than fifty early and more recent works, including video installations, photographs, and neon works.

Please note that a visit to the museum is currently only possible with a time slot ticket. You can book theese in advance in our ticket shop.

The exhibition follows an eschatological topos - the recurring idea that a leader may bring salvation - and its deconstruction. At the core of the show is the commissioned video work Malka Germania (Hebrew for “Queen Germania”), which Bartana conceived for the Jewish Museum and produced at historically charged locations across Berlin. An androgynous savior figure comes to the German capital. Her journey floods the city with scenes from an imagined collective unconscious; past and future merge in an alternative present. The installation’s theme of collective redemption addresses traumata, hopes of salvation, and the desire for change. 

Yael Bartana’s works have been exhibited worldwide and form part of international collections. She is known for exploring the visual languages of identity and memory politics, nations, and social movements.

Yael Bartana observes, documents, dissects, and reinvents public rituals, ceremonies, and social practices that are intended to build collective identities. Her art provokes an activist viewing – asking visitors to engage in the political act of reflecting on their responsibility in society.

Yael Bartana was born in Israel in 1970 and currently lives in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Opening hours,

  • Monday-Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Last entry

18:00

  • 7. September 2021 closed
  • 8. September 2021 closed
  • 16. September 2021 closed

Location,

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

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+49 (30) 25 99 33 00

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+49 (30) 25 99 34 09

Website,

www.jmberlin.de/en/exhib…

Prices,

Admission price 8,00 €

for all exhibitions

Reduced price 3,00 €

Discounted admission (valid ID required) applies for: students, university students, volunteers (Federal Volunteer Service), recipients of unemployment benefit I (“ALG I”), severely disabled people (minimum of 50 percent). Family ticket (2 adults, up to 4 children): 14 euros Free admission (valid ID required): • Children up to the age of 6 • Members of the Friends and Patrons of the Jewish Museum Berlin • Recipients of unemployment benefit II (“ALG II”) • Recipients of basic security benefits or benefits accordance with the German Social Welfare Law for Asylum Seekers • Person accompanying a disabled person if specified in severe disability ID • Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and members of the German Museums Association (DMB) • Members of the press

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Admission price

8,00 €

for all exhibitions

Reduced price

3,00 €

Discounted admission (valid ID required) applies for: students, university students, volunteers (Federal Volunteer Service), recipients of unemployment benefit I (“ALG I”), severely disabled people (minimum of 50 percent). Family ticket (2 adults, up to 4 children): 14 euros Free admission (valid ID required): • Children up to the age of 6 • Members of the Friends and Patrons of the Jewish Museum Berlin • Recipients of unemployment benefit II (“ALG II”) • Recipients of basic security benefits or benefits accordance with the German Social Welfare Law for Asylum Seekers • Person accompanying a disabled person if specified in severe disability ID • Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and members of the German Museums Association (DMB) • Members of the press

Catalog

She Is Hope.
She Is the Leader.
She Is the Messiah.
She Is History.
She Is Fake.

The video artist Yael Bartana (b. Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, 1970; lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin) makes work that explores the visual language of identity and the politics of commemoration. The critical scrutiny of collective expectations of political or religious salvation is a central concern in her art. In the video installation Malka Germania—Hebrew for “Queen Germania”—Bartana creates alternative realities from the German-Jewish past and present that bring scenes of the collective unconscious to light.

The publication follows the epiphany of Malka Germania, a female redeemer figure, in five chapters whose layout is modeled on that of the Talmud, the central text in Rabbinical Judaism. This organization reflects the polyphonic complexity, rich nuance, and ambivalence that the work casts into visuals and underscores that there is no simple answer.

The book includes an interview with the artist and contributions by Sami Berdugo, Christina von Braun, Michael Brenner, Max Czollek, and others. It is published on occasion of the exhibition Yael Bartana: Redemption Now at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Yael Bartana studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Her work is held by collections all over the world and has been presented in solo exhibitions at venues including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the Moderna Museet, Malmö.

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