The San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum

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The new Contemporary Jewish Museum, seeks to present “a contemporary perspective on Jewish art, culture and historyâ€?, without functioning as a collection museum.

Daniel Libeskind’s trademark off-kilter style is put to surprisingly effective use at the museum. As Libeskind explains in his architect’s statement, “No Jewish museum can ignore the darkness of the Holocaust,” but the building here “embodies and manifests hope” and, like the American West, describes “a culture of freedom, curiosity and possibility.” (Jewish Journal)

The CJM’s new home is dedicated to using contemporary art to illuminate and explore Jewish culture and history. Founded in 1984, the museum has no permanent collection. (Los Angeles Times)

Some even say the Museum defies geometry! (Architecture)

For complete coverage and information about the new museum see this collection of links. (J)

Posted on June 19, 2008

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