THE MEMORY MAP - A Topology of Remembrance
The Jewish Museum Vienna has received a very special gift: the work Memory Map by the artist Nikolaus Gansterer (born 1974), who lives in Vienna and Berlin. 1974). The 2 x 3 meter three-dimensional “city map” was commissioned and donated by The Vienna Project and its director Karen Frostig.
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Gansterer designed the original using cut-out extracts from scanned letters of survivors from Vienna, that were collected by Karen Frostig from descendants of survivors living in the United States. It links up with the city map at the start of the exhibition on the second floor, which shows the three Jewish communities of Vienna before 1945. Memory Map focuses in particular on the third Jewish community, the third-largest in Europe, which was destroyed between 1938 and 1945.
The artwork was presented as part of a podium discussion with Karen Frostig, Nikolaus Gansterer, Danielle Spera, and Werner Hanak-Lettner.