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.”
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.