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

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.

Students working on the model of the Piaski synagogue in the carpentry workshop of an ORT school in North Africa, Casablanca or Tunis, 1957-1958. Silver print photo.

mahJ, archives of the museum of Jewish Art
Accrochage

From workshop to museum: ORT and the transmission of Jewish culture

From Wednesday 19 May 2021 until Sunday 30 January 2022

Founded in Russia in 1880 to extricate Jews from misery through the promotion of handicrafts and agriculture, ORT (Organisation Reconstruction Travail) is today an international education and training network established in over forty countries. 2021 marks the centenary of its presence in France.

Onlie tour - Discover the mahJ
Visite en ligne

Online discovery of the mahJ

You won't be coming to Paris? Book this online guided tour available for groups

One-hour online guided tour for a group of 1 to 30 people, available in English and Spanish at the day of your choice

Online Jewish Marais guided tour
Visite en ligne

Online Discovery of the Jewish Marais, Paris

You won't be coming to Paris? Book this online guided tour through this old Paris Jewish district

One-hour online guided tour available on request for group (1 up to 30 persons) in English and Spanish at the day of your choice

Visite guidée

Discover the mahJ

You are due to come to Paris ? Book this guided tour in English available for groups

One-hour and half guided tour designed for a family or a group from 1 to 15 people, available on request in English, German, Hebrew or Spanish, at the day of your choice

In the narrow street "Rue des Rosiers". During a walking tour of the Jewish Marais.
Promenade hors les murs

Walking Tour of the Jewish Marais

You are due to come to Paris ? Book this walking tour and discover the rich history of the nub of the city!

A walking tour designed for a family or a group from 1 to 15 people, available on request in English, German, Hebrew or Spanish, at the day of your choice

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
Exposition

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.