“Anne” opened October 14 with many significant community leaders in attendance, including the Governor Mayor and actress Hailee Steinfeld (the narrator of the Cortina-produced video “Secret Annex”). In addition to the New York Times coverage highlighted earlier on Jive, the Los Angeles Times covered the event in its entirety. Images from the opening show the ribbon cutting with the Governor and Mayor, and design team members Hansol Park , Mimi Lam and Paul Gonzales.
“Anne” an Experiential Exhibit takes visitors through Anne Frank’s journey starting with her earliest days in Germany onto the streets of Amsterdam where Anne spent her formative years. An in-depth introduction to her family at-large gives a breadth and perspective never seen before in American museums.
This unique experience brings the visitor into the world of Anne, exploring the details of her life in her own words as they witness her happy childhood, transitioning into the ominous threat of the Nazis which forces her family into hiding. The central design element guiding visitors through the exhibit is an ‘infinity wall’ symbolizing Anne’s life and continued legacy. The wall is clad with rolled garments depicting the innocent lives lost during the Holocaust while doubling as an acoustical wall for the space. The colors of the wall transition from bright, cheerful colors – reminiscent of her childhood – to dark, bleak colors of the Holocaust and prison uniform.
Another highlight of the exhibit is a large mural of Anne, visible from the street, which attempts to fulfill one of Anne’s dreams – coming to Los Angeles to become part of the movie industry. This subtly homage immerses Anne within the fabric of the city to become part of the “Hollywood Story” as she’d always longed.
“Anne Frank never chose her fate, but destiny placed in her hands the memory of all the victims who perished,” said Rabbi Mar- vin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Through her diary, so full of the innocence of a young child with unfulfilled dreams and hopes, we are left only to imagine what the world lost by the millions we never knew. The most striking part of the brilliant design by Yazdani Studio is that the exhibit is wrapped around in a wall that encompasses 15,728 shirts, the kind that the victims wore, which is only 1/90th percent of the 1,500,000 children murdered in the Nazi holocaust. To me, it is as if all the victims are sending a message to the world, what you see here is only one story, Anne’s story, we were murdered before we ever got the chance to write ours.”
In this highly immersive and interactive exhibit, visitors watch, listen and feel Anne’s innermost thoughts and fears and hopes in an emotional filmic dramatization of her room in the Secret Annex – and finally, the arrest and imprisonment of everyone in hiding. At the end, a social lab connecting past, present and future challenges visitors to tackle the universal issues that Anne raised.
Nina - 24 Feb 2014
How many speakers total were installed?
max - 02 Feb 2014
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Sergey Alexeev - 01 Feb 2014
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Aven - 06 Jan 2014
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Syed Khundmir - 30 Dec 2013
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