{Germany} The Golem is coming!

September 23, 2016

Germany

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Today, a new temporary exhibition opens at the Jewish Museum Berlin: Golem. I was privileged enough to be invited to a special preview for social media influencers two nights before, and was thoroughly impressed. A golem is a mythological creature from Jewish folklore, usually made from mud or clay, that is brought to life by humans in many stories e.g. through ritual incantations, or specific Hebrew letter combinations. While the intentions are more often than not good, with the Golem intended as companion or helper, things sometimes get out of control with the Golem turning against their creators.

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This fascinating new exhibition takes the idea of the Golem and the artificial creation of life, which has inspired generations of artists and writers,  as its focus and examines it from many different points of view to answer the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’. Themes cover creativity, creation, power and redemption, including Medieval manuscripts, artworks and narratives from the past two hundred years. With paintings, photographs and illustrations, objects, sculptures, videos and other installations, there is lots to see and discover in this extensive and lovingly created exhibition. The exhibition runs until 29th January 2017, and is a definite ‘must-see’!

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