New Exhibition by the Cologne MiQua & Kolumba Team: Into the Expanse

From 15 September 2021 to 15 August 2022 visitors of Cologne can see the exhibition “Into the Expanse. Aspects of Jewish Life in Germany.” The MiQua and Kolumba, Art Museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, set up this exhibition showing “works from Kolumba’s collection as well as around 100 objects from German museums and international loans. They will enter into dialogue with Kolumba’s artworks in a unique experiment. Among the objects are such high-ranking pieces as the oldest surviving copy of the law of 321, made available by the Vatican Library (on view only until 11th October!). In addition, the Amsterdam Machsor, one of the highlight exhibits in the future MiQua, will be on display. The former synagogue in Niederzissen with its completely preserved genizah, i.e. a room for the storage of Jewish liturgical writings, will be our guest for the entire exhibition time. This is the first time that the genizah is presented in a museum.”

About Andreas Lehnertz

I focus on social, cultural, and religious European history during the High and Late Middle Ages. My interests lie in daily Christian-Jewish relations, marginal Hebrew and Yiddish charter notes, Jewish as well as general sealing practices, and Jewish craftspeople. In 2018, I completed my PhD at the Trier University entitled "Jewish Seals in the Medieval German Empire: The Authentication and Self-Representation of Jewish Men and Women”, under the supervision of Prof. Alfred Haverkamp and Prof. Lukas Clemens at the Arye Maimon Institute for Jewish History. Under Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten I was a postdoctoral fellow in the European Research Council Project "Beyond the Elite – Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe“ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing my second book on Jewish craftspeople in Medieval Central Europe.