Simon Fujiwara recreates life-size model of Anne Frank House

The latest art installation from the contemporary artist, Simon Fujiwara, may be his most controversial work. He has installed a full-scale replica of Amsterdam’s Anne Frank house, at DVIR gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel,  within the existing gallery space. But Fujiwara has designed a deeply heartbreaking exhibition titled “Hope house.”

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Based on surviving artifacts, first-hand accounts, and the details from Anne Frank’s diary, Fujiwara’s interpretation of the secret annex can be experienced as a three-dimensional, sculptural object in which the artist has included evocative elements of contemporary socio-political commentary.

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The modern art exhibition is described as a “hybrid experience whose origins and model/product speak of the increased synthesis of ideology, politics, philanthropy, and capitalism.”

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Fujiwara became interested in this topic when visiting the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam. In the gift shop, the artist purchased a 1:60 scale model of the building. Fujiwara’s gallery model takes on a 1:1 scale and was constructed within the existing space, split between three floors.

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“The Anne Frank House has become something akin to a holy pilgrimage site; it is one of the few places where every mundane detail of a home—door handles, wallpaper, floorboards—transcend their material status and become symbols of tragedy and hope.”

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Fujiwara uses modern sculptures, artifacts, domestic interiors, videos, and sound installations to provide his visitors with an all-encompassing experience described best by the German word “gesamtkunstwerk”, total work of contemporary art.

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Fujiwara also challenges our interpretation of history with ‘hope house’ by presenting an emotional, content-rich, and a sometimes uneasy picture of human existence through a drive to fulfill our strongest desires.

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