Soirée à l’occasion du 33e anniversaire de l’Etat d’Israël, Salle Gaveau, Paris, mars 1981
Exhibition

Patrick Zachmann. Journeys in memory

Until 6th March 2022

Are you a Jew when you ignore your religion and culture? At the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1990s, Patrick Zachmann led a long “investigation” of the Jews of France, in search of his own identity.

Si Lewen, Parade (détail)
Exhibition

Si Lewen, The Parade

Until May 8th, 2022

The mahJ is showing The Parade, the series of drawings created by Si Lewen (1918–2016) in 1950. Although this Polish-born American artist was a prominent figure in American post-war art, he is still little known in Europe. The recurrent theme in his work is the inexpressible horror of the Holocaust.

Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait de Dédie, 1918, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, donation de M. et Mme André Lefèvre en 1952
Exhibition

Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine… Paris as a School, 1905-1940

From June 17 until October 31, 2021

The School of Paris designates the artistic scene constituted by foreign artists from all over Europe and also the Americas, Asia and Africa. This cosmopolitism was unprecedented in art history.

Please note: the exhibition "Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine… Paris as a school" is fully booked online.

Fourteen photo booth photographs pinned to a wall, glass plate, 20th century 
© mahJ collection, gift of Ariel Fenster
Exhibition

Hersh Fenster and the lost shtetl of Montparnasse

Saturday 15 May – Sunday 10 October 2021

Echoing the "Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine… Paris pour école, 1905-1940" exhibition, the mahJ is paying tribute to Hersh Fenster (Baranów, 1892–Paris, 1964), the journalist, Yiddish writer and author of Undzere farpaynikte kinstler (Our Martyred Artists), published in Paris in 1951. Both a memorial and an art book, it retraces the lives and work of 84 Jewish artists living in France who died between 1940 and 1945, about whom Fenster compiled testimonies and photographs over a five-year period. Some, like Chaïm Soutine and Otto Freundlich, are well known, others, such as Étienne Farkas and Jacob Macznik, less. Yet all played their part in the final years of what the critic André Warnod dubbed in 1925 the “School of Paris”. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, men and women, their work was brought to a premature end and sometimes destroyed.

Brassaï, Pierre Dac devant un micro, 1935, collection particulière – Brassaï
Exhibition

Pierre Dac. Du côté d'ailleurs

From Thursday 15 October 2020 to Sunday 25 April 2021

The mahJ will be showing the first exhibition entirely devoted to Pierre Dac (1893-1975). More than 250 family archive documents and excerpts from films and television and radio programmes will highlight the life and work of this master of the absurd, one of the founder figures of contemporary French humour.

Obligatory reservation online, including for those eligible for free admission and Amis du mahJ members. Please note that this exhibition is best suited for a francophone audience.

Maya Zack (née en 1976), Black and white rule (2011), image extraite d'une vidéo de 17 min. 
Exhibition

Maya Zack, Acting Memory. Video works, 2007-2017

From Saturday 3 October 2020, to Sunday 12 September 2021

At the mahJ and for the first time in a French museum, Maya Zack shows a trilogy of films made over a decade. Comprising Mother Economy (2007), Black and White Rule (2011) and Counterlight (2016-2017), this series is the result of a long period of research and creation, formalised in a language combining drawing, sculpture and video. Recurrent figures in this trilogy are women dialoguing with the past and giving it substance. As the last survivors of the Holocaust are disappearing, the artist questions the risk of forgetting and the processes of memory.

Jean Besancenot, Jeunes filles juives d’Erfoud (young girls from Erfoud), Morocco, 1930s
Exhibition

Jews in Morocco, 1934-1937 Photographs by Jean Besancenot

Tuesday 30 June 2020 – Sunday 18 April 2021

Jean Besancenot’s photographs, taken from 1934 to 1937, are a priceless record of rural Jewish communities in Morocco no longer in existence. 

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