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PINTURA ALCHEMICA: JEWISH PERSPECTIVE

JEWISH OEUVRE

Before Ruben Talberg turned 40, he rewrote Art History by revolutionizing painting in his signature style PINTURA ALCHEMICA®. As a Jewish German and Israeli he constantly created new ways of expressing his Jewish Heritage. Today Talberg ranks among the TOP 10 Jewish Painters worldwide.

The name Talberg is well-known in Jewish-American history. Irving G. Thalberg (1899-1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, presented by the Oscar Academy, is also named for him.

„As „transformer par excellence“ Talberg excavates with his own alchemical tools actually quite mundane commonplace items - in this case a series of 12 combs - from the submerged and buried undergrounds .. The comb as the primordial artifact of human body care and the incarnation of personal intimacy of each individual - what better symbolizes the complete helplessness and total subjection of the camp inmates? Finally also the combs were taken away from them before being annihilated in the gas chambers into oblivion. - And there is much more: In Auschwitz Talberg found a suitcase that originally belonged to family Schönhof from Ludwigstr. 28 (Offenbach), the same street the Talberg Museum is located. Coincidence or not? As is the custom Talberg transformed his spooky findings into art.“ W. Fleckenstein 

Jewish Telegraph, London: „Behind the far-reaching mind-set of Talberg as an artist lays a much more grave concern. He nearly got killed by a Hamas suicide-bomber in 2002, who intended to blow himself up in a coffee bar in Israel... Since this brush with mortality Talberg has felt a strong association with death. This is the down-to-earth, deep-seated meaning of his work which tells of the impending disasters for Jews; warning of the intensifying danger of Iran threatening Israel with nuclear eradication... Moreover, Talberg identifies himself as an influential Jew living in the Diaspora, filling a gap with visual metaphors of testament and protest.“ Estelle Lovatt

JACOB’S LADDER

„Talberg’s projected monument „Jacob’s Ladder“ was designed as an approx. 18m high obelisk or monolith, traversed by 7 cross-elements made of of stone, steel and bronze. The city of Offenbach proposed the central Max-Willner square. Through public debate, culminating in an online poll of local newspapers, readers seemed to argue more in favor of a Holocaust Memorial. In contrast, Talberg’s concept tended to be rather open, a monument where energies flow in all directions - including top-down and bottom-up - well prepared for the past as for the future.

The ingenuity of Talberg’s idea consists of merging two distinct models: the obelisk as the traditional symbol of imperial power and the Jacob’s ladder which emanated from Jacob’s dream. The original Hebrew source doesn’t mention how many rungs the ladder actually has. By predefining 7 rungs Talberg makes a brilliant choice. What makes the number 7 so significant is that it generally suggests a still manageable multitude. In numerology 7 plays a superior role; for the Pythagoreans it was as an expression for completeness, perfection. In Christianity 3 signifies Trinity - 4 represents the four elements...“ Dr. R. Held. 

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