Alex Gorlin co-curated with Mirjam Knotter "Kabbalah: The Art of Jewish Mysticism," an exhibition of ancient texts alongside work by modern and contemporary artists that sought to explain this mystical Jewish tradition.
The exhibition began in a kind of decompression chamber in which visitors were transported from the familiar everyday world into the mysterious realm of Kabbalah. Works by artists such as Barnett Newman, R.B. Kitaj, Marc Chagall and Anselm Kiefer show how they were inspired by Kabbalah. Further inside, the secrets of traditional Jewish Kabbalah were revealed in ancient manuscripts, amulets, Kabbalistic scrolls and votive plaques from private collections, international museums, and the Vatican.
The exhibition was staged at both the Jüdisches Museum in Vienna, Austria, and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (pictured here).