The Permanent Collection The Jewish presence in 20th century art
A graphic arts room, highlighting the Jewish cultural renaissance in Germany and Russia, contains works on paper and books from the beginning of the 20th century. The museum fulfils one of its missions here, that of deepening our knowledge of the major formal and stylistic directions taken by important and sometimes forgotten artists. With the focus on folklore, ornament, Biblical subjects and calligraphy, these works represent the accomplishment of artistic expression linking Jewish themes and identity.
This look at the contribution of Jewish artists to the art of the early 20th century ends with works by painters of the School of Paris: Lipchitz, Soutine, Marcoussis, Krémègne, Kikoïne, Pascin, Chana Orloff, Kisling, Modigliani, etc. By the diversity of their individual artistic development and above all through their confrontation with modernity, these artists exemplify the transition towards a new, no longer exclusively religious Jewish identity.