Literature: Successful Israeli author in the Berlin Museum

"I hate museums!" The successful Israeli author and director Etgar Keret seems to be the most surprised that nine of his new short stories are now the focus of the exhibition "Inside Out" at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Literature: Successful Israeli author in the Berlin Museum

"I hate museums!" The successful Israeli author and director Etgar Keret seems to be the most surprised that nine of his new short stories are now the focus of the exhibition "Inside Out" at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Keret scattered the texts with memories of his mother, who survived the Warsaw ghetto and the Shoa as a Jew, on crumpled paper on the floor at the various stations. There they should be picked up, maybe read, maybe thrown down carelessly again. "I don't know how interesting it will be for the visitors," Keret explained the unusual presentation in Berlin on Wednesday.

With the exhibition, which runs from Friday to February 5, Keret continues the Jewish tradition of passing on memories from generation to generation. The author tells just as much everyday stories as drastic experiences of war and violence. Alongside the texts, Keret has grouped together works and memorabilia from the museum's depot and archive, as well as works by contemporary artists. For him, this is also a "form of dialogue".

Museum director Hetty Berg spoke of "material for reading, thinking and feeling". Keret is one of Israel's most important contemporary writers, and his works are available in 50 languages. "These are literary texts that become objects themselves," said Berg about the exhibition. With this, the museum wants to “set thoughts and senses in motion”.

Information about the exhibition

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