Ninth November Night

January 18 - February 13, 2010

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center Piazza, Israel

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"An installation by Gottfried Helnwein in memory of Kristallnacht 1938, is presented for the first time in Israel. Helnwein erected this art-installation originally in the Fall of 1988 in the city of Cologne, Germany, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the pogrom-night of November 9, 1938 when the Nazi regime first coordinated large-scale attacks on German and Austrian Jews and their property, presaging the destruction, deportations, and mass murder of the Holocaust. The installation was placed between the Cologne Cathedral and the Ludwig Museum, alongside the railroad track of the central station. It was entirely financed by the artist.

This installation is a hundred meter long wall of pictures with large images of children's faces, a seemingly endless row, as if made to line up to be 'selected,' with the faces of Christian, Jewish and handicapped children, that lived Germany in 1988.

On the second night after the opening, unknown people cut all the throats of the children in the pictures.

For the first time this memorial is presented in Israel and for that occasion the artist included faces of children living in Israel in 2010."