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Of Holograms and Storage Areas: Modernity and Postmodernity at Vienna's Jewish Museum

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"In many ways, Vienna's Jewish Museum is an inconspicuous place. Located on a quiet side street in the city's first district, it lacks the grandeur of comparable institutions, such as the recently opened Berlin museum, for example, which dazzles its audience with daring architecture and unrivaled resources. The visitor of Vienna's museum is greeted by a modest exhibit space created on four floors of the Palais Eskeles, an urban mansion that became the institution's permanent home in 1993, following three years at a makeshift facility on the premises of Vienna's Jewish Community Center. It was not until 1996, how- ever, that the Jewish Museum received its definitive form. Prior to that date, it had only housed temporary exhibits, but following a thorough renovation of the physical space housing the museum, its curators ventured into the creation of permanent exhibits. Although temporary shows continue to be staged by the institution with great regularity, it is the permanent viewing areas that have, over the years, come to define the character of Vienna's Jewish Museum."

"Of Holograms and Storage Areas: Modernity and Postmodernity at Vienna's Jewish Museum," Matti Benzl (435).

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