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The Charms of Frankenstein is a new site and context specific installation created by artist Maya Attoun, especially for the Jewish Museum London. This exhibition is based on the artist’s recent project ‘2018’ and celebrates the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel ‘Frankenstein’. ‘2018’ is both a weekly year planner and an artist’s book that revisits the year 1818 through the calendar of 2018. The planner will be reinterpreted into an immersive three-dimensional experience and will engage carefully selected objects from the Jewish Museum collection.
The exhibition will show original artwork from the planner as well as newly created works in a variety of media. Playfully activating objects within our permanent galleries, and drawing on never or rarely seen artefacts from our collection storerooms, the project will reflect on a myriad of connections between Jewish culture and history and the literary sci-fi and gothic genres.
Starting on the ground floor, the installation will draw visitors to become acquainted with ‘2018’. You will be enticed to consider themes such as creation, numerology and alchemy. As you continue further into the museum, specifically allocated numbers will guide you to objects that have inspired the artist, culminating in an unexpected installation within the history gallery.
This exhibition is supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund.