Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction
16 March – 21 April, 2017
Reception: Thursday, 16 March, 2017 @ 6:30PM
This is a catered reception.
Sponsored by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Parking is available at 300 Victoria St.
Photo (above) by Yvonne Bambrick. Photo of catalogue (below) by Eva Marion Johnston-Iafelice.
The Paul H. Cocker Gallery is pleased to feature an exhibition resulting from more than twenty years of architectural research at Darmstadt Technical University dedicated to reclaiming some of Germany’s lost Jewish heritage. Work on the exhibition began following the 1994 firebombing of a Lübeck synagogue, the first racist attack on a Jewish house of worship in Germany since 1945. Scholars have created elaborate 3D digital reconstructions of more than 25 of the more than 1000 synagogues destroyed on Kristallnacht. Along with associated placards, photographs, text panels, books, and three documentary films, these reconstructions speak to the nature and significance of cultural loss as an instrument of genocide. They also visually document the extraordinary architectural variety and historical importance of the buildings the Nazis destroyed, and in so doing contribute to commemorative work ongoing in the wake of the Holocaust by providing a source for reflection on what the historical destruction of Jewish culture means today.
Welcoming Remarks: 6:30 pm | Room 202
Marco Polo, Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Curator, Paul H. Cocker Gallery
Michael Lauber, Deputy Consul, General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Toronto
Opening Lecture: 7:00 pm | Room 202
Dr. Marc Grellert, Exhibition Curator, Darmstadt University of Technology:
“Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction—an Introduction”
Followed by a catered reception sponsored by the German General Consulate and the Ryerson Department of Architectural Science.
Exhibition catalogues will be available for purchase at the event, and subsequently made available at the Ryerson Campus Bookstore until April 21st.
The exhibition and related programming have been made possible thanks to the generous assistance of the Federal Republic of Germany / the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), the German Consulate General-Toronto, Ryerson University, and the Paul H. Cocker Gallery.
Exhibition coordinator: Marco Polo, Ryerson University
Paul H. Cocker Gallery
325 Church Street
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For further information, please contact:
Communications and Digital & Analogue Archive Specialist
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
325 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597