Category Archives: Exhibitions

Exhibition “Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith” at the Met Closters NY

Communities of Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side in Spain for centuries, creating vibrant artistic traditions that often intersected. For the first time since its inauguration at The Met Cloisters in 1961, the Fuentidueña Chapel gallery, which typically focuses on the Christian tradition, will present a group of works that testify to the diversity of Spanish medieval art. By telling a more nuanced story in this space, the exhibition will demonstrate the ease with which objects and artistic ideas transcended differences of belief. Placed in dialogue with each other, the silk textiles, ivory carvings, illuminated manuscripts, frescoes, and monumental sculptures featured in the show will reveal a dynamic, interconnected past that often mirrors the present.

MiQua & Kolumba Köln: “Into the Expanse. Aspects of Jewish Life in Germany.”An exhibition as a historical-aesthetic approach

by Dr. Laura Cohen

Exhibition view “Into the Expanse”, © Photo: Annette Hiller/LVR-ZMB

(English/Deutsch)

On the occasion of the anniversary of 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany, MiQua, LVR Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter of Cologne, together with Kolumba, Art Museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, conceived an exhibition that can be seen in Kolumba until 15 August 2022. With a selection of around 100 international loans (some of which will change over the course of the year), objects will be shown that provide a multi-faceted account of Jewish life in the past and present. Artistically high-ranking artefacts as well as seemingly banal everyday objects of different times and media are significant. They serve as representatives for the narrative part of history and as a way to open the door to new insights into religious ideas, festivals, customs and rituals, as well as into everyday worlds and extraordinary biographies. With works of art from Kolumba’s collection, the themes addressed are enriched by an experiential and emotional experience.

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New exhibition in Erfurt: Inter Judeos – The Medieval Jewish Quarter in Erfurt. October 28, 2021 – May 22, 2022

In the Middle Ages, the Jewish quarter of Erfurt was located In the heart of the historic city center. It was mainly Jews living there, but Christian residents can be traced in the immediate neighborhood as early as the 13th century. After the first community was completely wiped out in a pogrom of 1349, Jewish families returned to Erfurt around 1354 and lived in the same quarter. The Jewish quarter can be reconstructed well on the basis of archaeological findings, architectural features and written sources.

They paint a vivid picture of Jewish life in the Middle Ages and form the basis of the current special exhibition, which is shown in the Old Synagogue of Erfurt, situated directly in the Jewish residential quarter.

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New Online Exhibition on the History of the Jews in Medieval Regensburg

This online exhibition is available both in German and English. According to the curators, it guides its visitors “through more than 60 fascinating and high-quality digitised exhibits, [and] explores where Jews lived and shopped, how they earned their living, and their constraints and freedoms in dealings with other Regensburg citizens and people from outside the city. It sets out the rights and obligations that the Jewish community and its members had as residents of the imperial city. A number of individual Jewish people are also presented in the course of the exhibition.”

Exhibition at the Israel Museum: Painting a Pilgrimage. September 14 2021 – January 12 2022

A 14th Century Hebrew Scroll Unveiled

A unique scroll from the 14th century is displayed here to the public for the first time. Measuring almost eleven meters long, the scroll documents the pilgrimage of an Egyptian Jew to the Land of Israel. Its 130 illustrations (often accompanied by inscriptions) of sanctified places from Egypt to Lebanon offer a glimpse of what the region looked like over 700 years ago.

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.”

Art Installations in the Medieval Mikveh and Old Synagogue of Erfurt

Veit Goßler, „Reflektionen“ (Reflections), September 19 to October 15, 2021.

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For the 10th anniversary of the public presentation of the medieval mikveh in Erfurt, art moves into medieval buildings. Starting on September 19, 2021, Erfurt artist Veit Goßler is presenting his installations “Reflektionen” (Reflections), created especially for this occasion, in the mikveh and Old Synagogue.

They directly refer to each architectural element: Through the elements of water and light, the mikveh, once fed by living water, is revived. The central location of the Old Synagogue, the bima, the place of the Torah reading, is marked and reinterpreted by the light installation.

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Exhibition Opening Mikveh Schmalkalden

Today marks the exhibition opening of the mikveh found during archaeological investigations in Schmalkalden. The mikveh probably dates from the late medieval/early modern period and is now located in the vaulted cellar of a half-timbered house built in the 17th century. After its discovery in 2015 (Archaeologie online reported), it was restored and extensively investigated – and is now open to the public.

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Hebrew Manuscripts on Display in Exhibition “Torah, Talmud, Tefillot. Jewish Literature from Five Centuries” in the Thuringian University and State Library Jena

by Peter Stein, University of Jena

(English/Deutsch)

Since November of last year, the Thuringian University and State Library Jena (ThULB) has been hosting the exhibition “Tora, Talmud, Tefillot. Jewish Literature from Five Centuries in the Thuringian University and State Library Jena”. The ThULB has a collection of more than 1000 titles of Jewish works (or works closely related to Judaism) from the 13th to the 19th centuries, a representative selection of which is now being shown to the public for the first time.

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