Georges Jeanclos (Paris, 1933 - Paris, 1997), The Guerry Columns, detail of the capital, France, 1994

 
Display

Until January 31st 2021

The Guerry Columns, a major work Georges Jeanclos (1933-1997), joined recently the mahJ’s collections thanks to an exceptional donation by the artist’s family of a full-scale terracotta study of the bronze monument erected in the hamlet of Guerry at Savigny-en-Septaine in the Cher. A poignant evocation of one of the crimes of the Shoah perpetrated on the French territory, this work constitutes a major enrichment of the mahJ’s contemporary collection.

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

Bandelette de Torah (mappah) d’Abraham Mordekhaï, fils d’Alexander Katz, Alsace ou Allemagne, 1752, lin brodé au fil de soie, 15,5 × 363,5 cm, dépôt de la fondation Pro mahJ, legs de Marion Rotil
Workshop

samedi 15 mai 2021

Atelier en famille
Enfants à partir de 5 ans (accompagnés d'au moins un adulte)

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
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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 more than forty countries on five continents. In 2021, the organisation celebrates the centenary of its presence in France, where every year it now trains some 5,000 students and trainees.

On the grounds of new findings in its archives, the mahJ also traced back the role of this organisation in the creation of the Museum of Jewish Art (1948-1998) in the rue des Saules, Paris, of which the mahJ is the heir. 

Cimetière juif de Bayonne, époque moderne © Philippe Pierret
Panel discussion

jeudi 20 mai 2021, 18h30-20h00

Exceptionnellement, les places de l'auditorium sont réservées aux Amis donateurs, bienfaiteurs et mécènes du mahJ pour cet événement.

Assister à la rencontre en ligne (Zoom)

Paul Salmona, en conversation avec Corinne Bensimon

À l’occasion de la parution de l’ouvrage Archéologie du judaïsme en France, de Paul Salmona (La Découverte, 2021)

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