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Monday, August 11, 2014

Berlin: Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum: Designed by Polish/American Daniel Liebskind who also designed the Denver Art Museum;we entered through a beautiful Baroque building to a zigzag shaped grey concrete building almost devoid of windows; one of the few museums we and all our belongings had to go through security; saw the Empty Void – a massive tower with no light except for a miniscule ceiling window20 or so feet up: every time someone entered or left through the large door, it would clang shut and you thought you’d be in the room forever without being able to escape; also the Memory Void, a space containing 10,000 'fallen leaves' i.e. very heavy metal flat pieces in the shape of faces, each sculpted with hollowed out eyes, noses and mouths, you walked on; quite creepy and unnerving  to say the least. 

The Empty Void above and below; imagine hearing the
massive door clang shut behind you.
I had to alter the lighting in this picture so you could see something;
 otherwise all would be pitch black.

The dreaded Jewish yellow stars; I had seen
 individual stars before on Jews' clothing but never a
 bolt of fabric like this made by a flag maker.

A robot writing the Torah.

It was very moving yet also
totally unnerving walking on these 'faces.'