Custom fabric wall made up of clothing dating from the WWII era

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Owner

Simon Wiesenthal Center, Inc.

Architect

Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

Project Size

4,500 SF

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Anne Frank Exhibit at MOT

MATT Construction has just completed construction on Anne, an extraordinary new exhibit created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on the world of Anne Frank, narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld. Anne, a special 60-minute experience, designed by the Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design with films by Cortina Productions and Moriah Films, brings Anne Frank’s story to life through immersive environments, multimedia presentations and intriguing displays.

The project includes a 260 degree screening experience and a custom fabric wall made up of clothing dating from the WWII era to today, as well as wall-to-ceiling graphics that tell the story of Anne’s life.  Lighted display murals on custom acrylic wall panels and life-sized street scenes draw visitors into the space and set the scene for young Anne’s tragic story.  Audio Visual Design was provided by Electrosonic; Exhibit Fabrication and Installation by Coastal International.  As with many of MATT’s sensitive cultural projects, the larger museum remained open during construction and the work was carefully coordinated.  The new exhibit provides another chapter in the life of the 23 year old Museum of Tolerance institution, which is visited by more than 250,000 annual visitors, including 130,000 students.

“We have had the privilege of working with MOT over the course of almost a decade,” said Steve Matt, CEO of MATT Construction.  “The institution is always putting forth poignant programming in fresh and dynamic ways, and Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design has done a superb job of bringing that programming to life in this exhibit.”

The exhibit represents the most comprehensive Anne Frank exhibition seen outside of Amsterdam’s famous Anne Frank House.

“Anne Frank never chose her fate, but destiny placed in her hands the memory of all the victims who perished,” said Rabbi Marvin 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,” he added.

The Anne Frank Fonds of Basel, Switzerland, a strategic partner and supporter of the exhibition said, “This is the most important exhibition about Anne Frank. For the first time the history of the Jewish family is, with context and a meaningful educational approach, comprehensively conveyed through Anne Frank’s works.”  The Anne Frank Fonds Basel was founded by Otto Frank in 1963 as universal heir and owner of the estate.