Posted By Sandra Alland
More on The Jewish Museum: it's designed by the amazing architect Daniel Libeskind, and just moving through the building is an experience. It's more like sculpture than architecture, or more like what architecture strives to be but often isn't. I was especially affected by The Holocaust Tower, which is a dark and cold concrete room with only a sliver of light from a crack in the roof. As your eyes adjust to the lack of light, you see faint impressions of writing on the walls, and just out of reach -- a ladder.


Intriguing art pieces dot the museum. I was especially drawn by a bizarre sound project that involves walking back and forth in front of a dark wall in order to pick up bits of information playing on radio frequencies. I also dug the pomegranate tree, which features a realistic tree sculpture, with miniature video screens showing pomegranates waving in a breeze, and also paper pomegranates written on by visitors. You can walk up a ramp that leads through the branches to the top of the tree.

Speaking of walking -- some of the museum wasn't so accessible, argh.

I also caught the Frida Kahlo Retrospective (on 'til 9 August) at Martin-Gropius-Bau. It's the largest gathering of her work in history and well worth seeing, despite the crowds and the cranky staff who make you wear your coat even though it's boiling and carry your backpack in your hand even though you have fibromyalgia. I was a bit disappointed that there was a large overlap with the works from the recent surrealist women's show in Manchester, and that there were none of Frida's larger works, but you can't have everything! One really nice touch was that a whole room was dedicated to portraits of Frida. I took naughty, illegal photos; they aren't that good because they were shot on the sly, but still.

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