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The Joys of Yiddish, Mel Bochner, Haus der Kunst, Muenchen, Munich, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: The Joys of Yiddish (Munich)

Around the facade of the building for Munich’s Haus der Kunst (House of Art) is a long-term public sculpture by American artist Mel Bochner. His piece is called “The Joys of Yiddish.” Here’s how the Haus der Kunst describes the work:

A word chain in bright yellow letters on a black background contains Yiddish slang words that have found their way into contemporary American English. The colors are reminiscent of the armbands and patches the National Socialists used to stigmatize the Jewish population. An inherent tension exists between their visual impact and the words Jewish ghetto residents used to express unity and defiance during the Third Reich. This connection between the perpetrators’ color and the victims’ language is typical of the subtle provocation that runs through Bochner’s work.

KIBBITZER, a wise guy
KVETCHER, a chronic complainer
NUDNICK, a pain
NEBBISH, a sad sack
NUDZH, a pesterer
MESHUGENER, a crackpot
ALTER KOCKER, a crotchety old man
PISHER, an immature brat
PLOSHER, a blowhard
PLATKE-MACHER, a troublemaker

The Joys of Yiddish, Mel Bochner, Haus der Kunst, Muenchen, Munich, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com


I made these two photos on 23 February 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9vI.

3 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: The Joys of Yiddish (Munich)”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cornelia. Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to enter the Haus der Kunst. My ‘problem’ is I keep thinking about the Pinakotheken or the Stadtmuseum; I went back to the massive Deutsches Museum this past March. Not only do I have to keep Haus der Kunst in mind for next time, but there’s also now in Munich Germany’s first museum dedicated to urban and contemporary art called MUCA! 🙂

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    • corneliaweberphotography

      Sorry for not replying earlier, for some reason WP didn’t allow me to view comments from other bloggers. Anyways , thank you , I didn’t know about this new museum in Munich, wish I had know when I was there in January.

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