A conversation with artist Maya Zack

about her installation The Shabbat Room

A conversation with artist Maya Zack











Jüdisches Museum Wien

Judenplatz 8
1010 Vienna

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The Jewish Museum Vienna cooperated with Israeli artist Maya Zack as part of its new permanent exhibition “Our City! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now.” The starting point for Zack’s work was Isidor Kaufmann’s “Gute Stube” (Shabbat Room) from 1899. Created for the first Jewish Museum Vienna, Kaufmann’s spatial installation – a revolutionary museum intervention –intended on the one hand to show non-Jewish audiences Shabbat as a family celebration, but also provided a nostalgic space of cultural orientation, rest and relaxation for Jews inhabiting the contradictory world of fin-de-siècle Vienna. The Jewish Museum Vienna still holds a few objects and a photographic document of this space, which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938. Using both the objects and the visual material as a basis, and with the help of digital technology, Maya Zack developed a photographic, spatial installation that reenvisions and reinterprets this important, forgotten place at the turn of the century.In conversation with the artist: Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish Museum Vienna, and chief curator Werner Hanak-Lettner

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