27 September 2018 - 4 November 2018
‘The Charms of Frankenstein’ is a site-specific installation created by artist Maya Attoun. The 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 has been reinterpreted into an immersive three-dimensional experience and engages carefully selected objects from the Jewish Museum collection.
The exhibition shows 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, this project reflects 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 entices 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.
November 4 @ 5:00 pm - November 4 @ 6:00 pm
Hear from Fiona Sampson, the author of, ‘In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein’ and the artist Maya Attoun as they discuss the allure and fascination of Frankenstein and his monster.