Filmstill aus einer Videoinstallation von Hadassa Goldvicht © Hadassa Goldvicht
Exhibition review

"Writing Lesson" & "Kaddish"

Cabinet Exhibition with Video Installations by Hadassa Goldvicht and Yael Serlin / 10/31/2022 - 10/01/2023

In a special exhibition room of the Rothschild Palais, we present video works by the Israeli artists Hadassa Goldvicht and Yael Serlin.

This room on the second floor of the permanent exhibition presents changing displays of works by contemporary Jewish artists who explore present Jewish life and tradition in different ways. The artworks should be seen as their personal way of engaging with these topics. They reflect on ritual practice, Jewish self-definitions, and current political and social challenges.

This room was created with the support of DekaBank.

Hadassa Goldvicht: Writing Lesson #1, Writing It All Back, Kiss

Filmstill from "Writing Lesson" by Hadassa Goldvicht
Filmstill from "Writing Lesson" by Hadassa Goldvicht © Hadassa Goldvicht

Hadassa Goldvicht was born in Israel in 1981 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She currently lives and works in Jerusalem. In her video and spatial installations, she explores language, myths, and intimacy. She attempts to subvert and reinterpret religious rituals.

In her video series Writing Lessons (2005–2012), she draws on the Jewish tradition of “sweetening” a boy’s experience of learning the Hebrew alphabet and beginning Torah study. In the videos, she plays the protagonist herself and thus appropriates and gives new meaning to this custom as a woman. 

Yael Serlin: "Kaddish"

Filmstill from Yael Serlin's work "Kaddish"
Filmstill from Yael Serlin's work "Kaddish" © Doron Oved

Yael Serlin was born in Israel in 1983 and studied at the Hamidrasha Faculty of the Arts at Beit Berl near Tel Aviv and at the Emunah Art Academy in Jerusalem. She currently lives and works in Jerusalem. In her multidisciplinary work, she explores personal subjects and Jewish tradition, which she questions and further develops as a practicing Jew.

Her video Kaddish (2018) is based on the prayer for the dead that is traditionally recited by men. In her work, though, ten women recite the prayer, dedicating it to the violence they have experienced in their own lives.

Beginning October 31, the exhibition can be seen in the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum. The opening will take place as part of a matinee with curator Sara Soussan on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 11 a.m. We kindly ask you to register by Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the following address:

During the opening, admission to the cabinet exhibition will be free of charge.

Event location:
Jewish Museum Frankfurt

Opened today: 10:00 – 17:00

  • Museum ticket (permanent exhibition Jewish Museum+Judengasse) normal/reduced
    12€ / 6 €
  • Kombiticket (temporary exhibition+ museum ticket) normal/reduced
    14€ / 7€
  • Temporary Exhibition
  • Family Card
  • Frankfurt Pass/Kulturpass
  • Kids under 18
  • Every last Saturday of the month ("Satourday")
  • Entrance to the building (Life Deli/museum shop/library)

  • Reduced entry for:

  • Students / Trainees (from 18 years)

  • People with disabilities from 50 % (1 accompanying person free)

  • People doing military or alternative civilian service / unemployed

  • Owners of the Frankfurt Card


  • Free entry for:

  • Members of the Society of our Friends and Patrons association

  • Birthday children of all ages

  • Children and teenagers up to 17 years

  • Students of the Goethe University / FH / HfMDK

  • Apprentices from Frankfurt

  • Refugees

  • Holders of Museumsufer-Card or Museumsufer-Ticket

  • Members of ICOM or Museumsbund

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Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

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