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. 

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Exhibition

From Saturday 3 October 2020, to Sunday 22 August 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.

Cimetière juif de Bayonne, époque moderne
Panel discussion
Tuesday 18 May 2021, 19h30-21h00

Paul Salmona, en conversation avec Corinne Bensimon

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

New
Amedeo Modigliani, La Chevelure noire, dite aussi Jeune fille brune assise, détail, 1918
Exhibition

Scheduled in 2020, the exhibition has been postponed to June 3 until October 31, 2021, due to the closure of the museum last spring because of the Coronavirus crisis.

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.