Category Archives: Exhibitions

The Permanent Exhibition at Judenplatz in Vienna

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© Ouriel Morgensztern

Since March 2021, the new permanent exhibition “Our Medieval City! The first Jewish Community in Vienna” has been on display at the Museum Judenplatz, part of the Jewish Museum Vienna. The starting point of the exhibition is the place, the center of the Jewish quarter at that time. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the showroom, where the foundations of the medieval synagogue, destroyed in 1421, can be explored. The excavation and the topography of the Jewish quarter can both be experienced thanks to current archaeological and architectural research. The exhibition provides insights into daily life and also tells of the history of Judenplatz as an urban place. Visitors can participate in the process of research and exhibit. Exhibition stations address the question of which sources, research approaches and academic disciplines are used to bring the past closer.  The look at Jewish Vienna in the Middle Ages is intended to sharpen the view of today’s social contexts. In this way, the museum becomes a place where the past can be experienced as distant and yet surprisingly close at the same time.

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Exhibition Open: The Jews Of Corfu: Between The Adriatic & The Ionian, Sept 7, 2022 5:00 – 8:00 PM (ET)

Join for the opening of a unique exhibition, situated at both Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, featuring the colorful and storied histories of the Jews of Corfu, known to have lived in Corfu by the 12th century.

5:00-6:00: Welcome and reception at Columbia University (Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
6:45-7:45: Welcome and introductory remarks at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary (3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)

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

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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.