Maltz Museum to Spark Debate This Summer with “Inferno”

Newest film by artist Yael Bartana opens July 17

FB_13-0067663LThe Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce the Midwest premiere of Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s newest film, Inferno.  Shot and edited with stylistic references to Hollywood blockbusters, the film addresses the building of a replica of Solomon’s Temple by a Neo-Pentecostal Church in São Paulo, Brazil. The video had its U.S. debut at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) last year.

Among the most celebrated artists of her generation, Yael Bartana (b.1970) lives in Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Berlin.  Inferno addresses the temple project through a vision of its future: does its construction necessarily foreshadow its destruction? Using a powerful cinematic language, Inferno collapses histories of antiquity in the Middle East with a surreal present unfolding halfway around the world.

The 18 minute, high definition video will be screened continuously in the special exhibition gallery during museum hours.  Associated events and programs will be announced at a later date.

Inferno opens Thursday, July 17 and will run through Sunday, October 19, 2014.