- Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co.
Mixed-media installation, De Appel, Amsterdam, 2006.
- A Jewish bank by the name of Lippmann,
Rosenthal & Co. had been trading at 6-8 Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, in
Amsterdam, since 1859 - a building today occupied by the De Appel
center for contemporary art. During WWII and the German occupation of
the Netherlands, the Nazis deliberately used the name of
the well-established Jewish bank, when they set up a counterfeit branch
in the Sarphatistraat, so they could make people believe that their
possessions were safe in the vaults of this alleged Jewish banking
house. In 1941 and 1942, all Dutch Jewish citizens were forced to hand
over their securities, cash, bank holdings, art objects, precious
metals and jewels to Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co. Sarphatistraat.
Apart from the name, the two banks had (almost) nothing in common, and
were administered quite separately.
The project intends to unfold some of the layers of that haunted
building, by means of both documentation and speculation.
The installation has been created with generous loans from Nationaal
Archief (The Hague), Nederlands Instituut voor
(Amsterdam), and research support from Dr. Gerard Aalders, Dr. Erik
Sommers, and Joeri Boom. Blog entries by Defne Ayas.
- Mercury in Retrograde, De Appel,
Amsterdam, 2006 (commissioned and curated by De Appel CTP 2005/06: Defne Ayas,
Tessa Giblin, Laura
Schleussner, Angela Serino, Stefan Rusu, Diana Wiegersma)