Shlock Shop. Die wunderbare Welt des jüdischen Kitschs

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Translated title Shlock Shop. The wonderful world of Jewish kitsch
Authors & Curators

Hanno Loewy & Michael Wuliger


Hohenems, Austria, 2005. 144 pp., illustrations: 48 col., 12.5 × 14 cm. German.




Jüdisches Museum Hohenems (29 May–8 October 2005)


Companion book to the exhibition “Jüdischer Kitsch und andere heimliche Leidenschaften. Identity Shopping, Gott im Detail und die Sehnsucht nach den Dingen des Glücks” [Jewish Kitsch and other Obsessions. Identity Shopping, God in Detail and the Desire for Objects of Happiness]. The exhibition presented issues of Jewish identity and culture as expressed through modern kitsch found on the Internet and in souvenir shops. These objects are seen as a means of exploring the productive process between religious traditions and secular culture, and the ironic twist that makes some of them a provocative comment about the contradictions of Jewish life today, between old myths and new challenges. Catalog with introductory essays, “Shlock” (Michael Wuliger) and “Identity Shopping? Kitsch und Diaspora” (Hanno Loewy), followed by photographs of select exhibits in 6 categories: Clothing (schmattes), For the Jewish Dog, Everyday, Holidays, Kitchen, and Identity. 108 items.


The exhibition also included: “Jüdisches” (Jewish Things), a photographic project by Peter Loewy which portrays Jewish things, ritual objects and keepsakes, artifacts and objects of memory, little collections, and “arrangements”, and “Feinkost Adam TM” (Adam’s Delicatessen), a humorous installation by Jewish artist Anna Adam that attacks prejudices and clichés about Jews.

main keywords


minor keywords

Clocks/WatchesDolls/PuppetsFigurinesHanukkah lampsHead coverings, men’sKashrutMezuzah casesMusicPesach platesPurim groggersSoldiers (Jewish) and related objectsTorah (scroll)United States

Other venue

Alte Synagoge Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany (11 March–6 May 2007)

Related ephemera

Invitation to exhibition opening in Hohenems, single card, 1 col. illus., 10.5 × 14.8 cm; Fold-out brochure from showing in Hohenems, 10 pp., 7 col. illus., 10.5 × 14.8 cm; Postcard from showing in Wuppertal, 1 col. illus., 10.5 × 14.8 cm.

Related publications

Jüdischer Kitsch. Objekttexte und Glossar [Jewish Kitsch. Texts Panels and Glossary], Hohenems, 2005, 36 pp. With exhibition texts and basic entries for exhibits. Material divided according to clothing, everyday, holidays, the kitchen, Jewish super heroes, etc.

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