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Maya Zack
The Shabbat Room

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The starting point for Maya Zack’s work was Isidor Kaufmann’s “Gute Stube” (Shabbat Room) from 1899.

€29.00

  • Editor

    Danielle Spera, Werner Hanak-Lettner

  • Text

    Klaus Davidowicz, Christoph Habres, Werner Hanak-Lettner, Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel

  • Interview

    Danielle Spera with Maya Zack

  • Design

    Fuhrer, Wien

  • Language

    German/English

  • Details

    Hardcover, 30 x 22 cm, 112 pages, 37 ills. in color, 30 ills. in b/w

  • ISBN

    978-3-86984-519-7

About the product

The starting point for Maya 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.