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22/12/2006
ARK art in Prague by: Leslie Bunder
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Prague ARK
Prague ARK

In time for Chanukah, Prague played host to a massive projection celebrating the Festival of Lights.

As part of ARK, a four month installment, Canadian artist Melissa Shiff has been exhibiting her work which marks 100 years of the city's Jewish Museum.

The 4.5 meters high sculpture is made out of sandblasted plexiglass that also serves as a surface for rear projection and has been drawing crowds since it went live in the middle of September.

Shiff has also created a 30 minute video about the history of the Museum during the last 100 years and reflects on how it is like an ark as well as an archive.

"The museum functions as Noah's Ark did in the Old Testament -- to salvage and save what might otherwise be destroyed by natural disaster and catastrophe. Therefore ARK seemed to be the perfect metaphor for a project about the Museum and particularly about this Museum that was able to salvage thousands and thousands of objects during the Holocaust."

The exhibition runs until the end of January.

For more information: www.melissashiff.com

 
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