What popular museum of modern art of art can do justice to the culture of genocide, so much a part of the 20th century? A context of harmony, balance and proportion does not seem to fit with the art of remembrance of the Shoah. We have only to compare the solemn regular rows of the stones at the cemetery in France for the soldiers fallen in the battle of the Somme with its classical chapel designed by George Howe to the raw, crude and random placement of the stones at Treblinka to realize that classical imagery will not do for memorializing the Shoah. In a museum setting there is often a kind of disconnect between aesthetics and culture in the 20th century.
KeywordsJewish History Zinc Surface Teaching Museum Western Viewer Conventional Architecture
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