House on the Bridge, Group exhibition, Museum Kaiserswerth, Dusseldorf, 2021

Celebrating 1700 years of Jewish Life in Germany

Curators: Dr. Barbara Grotcomp-Shepes, Elena Wohlreich, Dina Blich

Participating artists from Germany and Israel:

Mirela Anura, Hanns Armborst, Karin Dörre, Maria Gilges, Susanne Kamps,

Bernard Langerock, Zippora Rafaelov, Elena Wohlreich, Rina Peled, Avraham Eilat,

Leora Wise, Dina Blich, Lena Zaidel, Oded Zaidel.


Lena Zaidel, Traffic Island, 2007, charcoal, dry pastel and industrial gold paint on paper, 43X110

Lena Zaidel, Bulldozer, 2007, charcoal, dry pastel and industrial gold paint on paper, 43X110

Traffic Island / Lena Zaidel

The large wolves, as large as cars in their dimension, roam restlessly around the traffic circle at the center of the drawing. The scene is of an isolated construction site where at first glance the rubble: stones, bricks, sandbags, buckets and poles, are lying haphazardly scattered on the ground. However, at closer inspection the indications of a Magen David, a Star of David, are present at the center of the composition. This is a curious discovery that raises questions.
Could it be that the Magen David, and what it symbolizes, is under a process of reconstruction and renewal represented here? Is the Magen David in reconstruction or is it in fact in disassembly? Possibly this symbol lying in pieces represents world Jewry in its dispersed communities. The Holocaust too may come to mind if we see the Magen David as lying shattered. The sandbags might either be fortifying the contours of the star of David or are they concealing it. Has the symbol of Jewish people been subjected to the ravages of time or alternatively of history? What role do the wolves play here as guests in this scene? Do they represent spirits of destruction, or do they herald restoration?
Very consciously, every element of the drawing is chosen to inform the uneasy scene. As such the choice of the yellow field, actually gold, is a holy reference, familiar to us in Christian iconography. The holiness reconstituted here represents a modern religious sentiment. This is an iconography of vacillation between apocalyptic destruction and good tidings.

Lena Zaidel



Gideon Ofrat 2024

Lena Zaidel, 2023

Rina Genussov, 2022

Nava T. Barazani 2022

Michal Shaknai Yakobi 2022

Lena Zaidel, Sasha Okun 2021

House on the Bridge 2021


Lena Zaidel 2020

Barry Davis 2020

Bat-Sheva Dori 2020



Rina Genussov 2019


Yossi Waxman 2018


Shosh Averbukh 2017

Gideon Ofrat 2017

Alejandera Okret 2017

Lena Zaidel 2007-16

S. Ish-Shalom Award 2016

Oded Zaidel 2015

Gideon Ofrat 2013

Albert Suissa 2013

Karine Levit 2013

Yonatan Amir 2012

Zeev Bar-Sella 2012

Shosh Averbukh 2008

Zeev Goldberg 2007

Monica Lavi 2006

Leviathan Group

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