Yael Bartana: Inferno

July 18 – October 19, 2014

Inferno is inspired by a Neo-Pentecostal church’s current efforts to rebuild The Temple of Solomon—the violent destruction of which signaled the diaspora of the Jewish people in 6th-century BCE. In the 18-minute film that commingles fact and fiction, prophecy and history, Israeli artist Yael Bartana vividly imagines the epic possibilities and implications of this Third Temple’s construction in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Yael Bartana: Inferno exhibition invited visitors to experience a provocative and powerful film that had only been shown once before in the United States. The visually-rich high-definition film screened continuously in a specially constructed surround sound theater. The Museum offered public programs, an audio guide and a ‘hotline’ for viewers and experts alike to share their reactions, questions and interpretations.

Signature Sponsors: The exhibition was organized by the Maltz Museum and made possible with the generous support of Toby Devan Lewis, Dealer Tire, Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, Joanne and Margaret Cohen.

Program Support: All programs were created in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University and supported by Cleveland Jewish News and the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the Maltz Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.