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Living Room Installation at The Jewish Museum Evokes Everyday Life in 1930s Berlin

NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Israeli artist and filmmaker Maya Zack uses 3D technology to recreate the apartment of a Jewish family living in 1930s Berlin in a new exhibit that explores how the past is remembered. “Living Room,” which will be on view at The Jewish Museum from July 31 to October 23, combines computer generated images of the apartment of Manfred Normburg, a German-born Jew, and his memories of everyday life in pre-war Berlin to study the intersection of personal memory with historical events. “My entire body of work in the last few years has to do with memory and reconstructing reality through different processes,” Zack told Reuters. Using four large-scale, computer-generated 3D prints, Zack shows cross-sections of the living room, dining room, kitchen and other spaces, including furniture, appliances, tableware, wallpaper and light fixtures. 3D glasses give the oversized images immediacy and depth. Zack, who was born in Israel and lives and works in Tel Aviv, was struck