One of the only synagogues to have survived WWII is in Stommeln near Pulheim. For the past 20 years it has been a refuge for artists; a silent exhibition place with a simpel motto: One place—one room—one work. Visitors can slow down, immerse themselves into the art, and reflect on the gallery’s history.
For their 2013 exhibition, Mr. Christoph Keller and Mirko Borsche created the art book project Stommelner Psalter. Selected phrases, the basis of both Jewish and Christian theology, were placed in the Hebrew direction of reading throughout the book, but referenced Chrisitan prayers in their form. All texts were set in a custom made typeface. The cover was made of ultramodern carbons and the book’s edges were printed with different watercolors to simulate signs of age.
The books were placed in a Thora shrine within the Synagogue, where visitors were invited to reflect upon their own religious roots and to keep one copy of the limited edition.