That was great!

“The Jewish” in popular German television

That was great! “The Jewish” in popular German television

That was great!

“The Jewish” in popular German television

That was great!
“The Jewish” in popular German television

The flood of images that has been pouring out full force every day on television for more than 60 years now is to be “decelerated” in the exhibition “That was great! ‘The Jewish’ in popular German television” and the publication of the same name. The viewpoint adopted to slow things down is a very precise one: Namely to filter out “Jewishness” in popular German television and examine this more closely. But what exactly is “Jewishness”? How can this be detected and analyzed? With a total of 10 installations, the exhibition takes us on a journey through the history of mentalities and…

That was great!
“The Jewish” in popular German television

The flood of images that has been pouring out full force every day on television for more than 60 years now is to be “decelerated” in the exhibition “That was great! ‘The Jewish’ in popular German television” and the publication of the same name. The viewpoint adopted to slow things down is a very precise one: Namely to filter out “Jewishness” in popular German television and examine this more closely. But what exactly is “Jewishness”? How can this be detected and analyzed? With a total of 10 installations, the exhibition takes us on a journey through the history of mentalities and attitudes into our own living rooms, and traces the filmic strategies used in the fictive representation of “Jewish” topics and figures. But the exhibition also looks more closely at popular media figures such as Hans Rosenthal, omnipresent on the screen for decades, taking a personal perspective based on the history of one individual. In this way, the question as to how “Jewishness” is treated on the television screen can be sensed but is consciously left hovering in (the exhibition) space. Last but not least, costumes and props from television productions, merchandising products, photos, and TV journals are an invitation to take a personal—or even nostalgic—look at one’s own socialization through “the box.”

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Duration of exhibition

April 12 - November 6, 2011

Curator

Ulrike Heikaus

Architecture

Markus Dicklhuber and Jens Neuber, Munich

Installation View „That was great! The Jewish in popular German television“ © Franz Kimmel
Installation View „That was great! The Jewish in popular German television“ © Franz Kimmel
Ein Museum der Landeshauptstadt München