Starting on 6 November 2016, the National Holocaust Museum in development will present the film installation k.364 by the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon. This installation follows two classically trained Israeli musicians of Polish-Jewish descent on a journey through the country that their families fled in 1939. Together, they travel through a landscape with a past that they can hardly imagine.
Violist Avri Levitan and violinist Roi Shiloah take a train from Berlin to Warsaw for a performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E-flat Major, K. 364. The trip brings back memories of the Holocaust stories they heard from their families. Because their train runs on the same tracks used to transport their relatives to the extermination camps, the past and present overlap. They pass through Poznan, for example, where the former synagogue is still standing but, ever since the 1939 occupation, has housed a swimming pool. During their trip the two friends, filmed in intense close-ups, talk about music and their shared memories and experiences. The journey is presented through shots of the tracks, the overhead lines, shadowy train stations, and colourful lighting. The film's climax is their complete performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Polish Chamber Orchestra for Polish radio.
Douglas Gordon (b. 1966) became, in 1996, the first video artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize. The most striking features of his work include his unconventional use of film, multiple screens, and a creative approach to the concepts of time and space. His installations and narratives are complex and provoke reflection. The proximity and intensity of the images play an important role in the viewers' experience.
This exhibition will run from 6 November 2016 to 19 February 2017. On Saturday 5 November, Museum Night, visitors can enjoy an exclusive preview. The video installation k. 364 will be accompanied by a programme of events involving video art by other contemporary artists engaged with the memory of the Holocaust, such as Harun Farocki, Maya Zack, Kees Hin, and Sandra Beek.
This exhibition is on view at the National Holocaust Museum.
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