The exhibition 'Revenge: History and Fantasy' will present various self-empowerment strategies used by Jews to cope with the violence inflicted on them. It will begin with a prop from Quentin Tarantino’s film Inglourious Basterds and end with a video installation showing representations of revenge in pop culture. The path in between alternates between historical stories and cultural narratives. In addition to presenting the vengeful figures of the Hebrew Bible, the exhibition will take a closer look at rabbinic writings and anti-Jewish conspiracy myths. It will highlight legendary figures such as Lilith and the golem and show Jewish “outlaws” who banded together as pirates, robbers, and in the Kosher Nostra. At the center of the show are the few historical acts of revenge committed by Jews against representatives of National Socialism.
Mixed feeling and mixed media
The exhibition will present historical documents and photographs, visual artworks, ceremonial objects, Jewish writings, graphic literature, films, and video works embedded in a scenographic exhibition architecture. It will end in an archive and bar space that contains graphic novels, literary narratives, video games, TV series, and humanities and social science texts. At the bar, visitors will have the chance to converse with the exhibition creators and meet artists in a special residence program who will further develop and comment on the show.
Accompanying program and publication
The idea for the exhibition came from the poet and journalist Dr. Max Czollek. Together with Jewish Museum director Professor Mirjam Wenzel and the curator Erik Riedel, Dr. Czollek will co-edit the planned exhibition publication, which will be published by Hanser Verlag. The exhibition will be supplemented by an extensive cultural program consisting of concerts, staged readings, and performances. Events will commence with the academic conference “(Ir)reconcilability – Critical Memory Cultures of the Third Generation,” held in cooperation with the young researchers’ network 3G: Positions of the Third Generation after the Second World War. This network is supported by the German Research Foundation.
The exhibition is being funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The cultural education program has been made possible by a grant from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.
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