The next edition of the Advanced Curatorial Education Programme will take place in Frankfurt (DE) in April 2018. The programme will have a special focus on Judaica collections that were created in the second half of the 19th century and up until the 1930s as the result of a growing interest in arts and crafts on the one hand, and on the other hand because of the founding of Jewish museums or departments in municipal museums a new collection area (Judaica) came into being.
The A-CEP Frankfurt 2018 is open for staff members from Association of European Jewish Museum member institutions who work with historical Judaica collections.
Registration is required. Find details here: http://www.aejm.org/curatorial/a-cep/
Lecture by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
What comes first? The collection or the story? What is the story the collection tells, and can the story the museum wants to tell be told through the collection? Given the politics of history and historical policies in Europe today, Jewish museums have a special role to play. Prague, Budapest, London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow, Vienna – Jewish museums in these and other European cities have taken different approaches. Their strategies reflect not only the history of the institution and its collection, but above all new understandings of the story to be told, who it is for, and how to create experiences that are memorable, emotional, and thought provoking.
Rudolf Klein, professor of modern architectural history at Szent István University, Budapest, will give a talk on his new book, Synagogues in Hungary, 1867–1918 (Central European University Press, 2017).
This is the first comprehensive study that systematically covers all synagogues in Hungary from the Edict of Tolerance by Joseph II to the end of World War I. Unlike prior attempts, dealing with post-World-War-II Hungary only, the geographical range of this study includes historic Hungary, today Austro-Hungarian successor states, within the mentioned chronological timespan. The study presents the architecture of Hungarian synagogues in a chronological order; the author gives special attention to the boom of synagogue architecture and art from 1867 to 1918, a time also called the modern Jewish Renaissance . However, the greatest contribution of this book is the innovative matrix method, which the author applies to determine the basic types of synagogues by using eight basic criteria. The book also deals with the problem of urban context, the position of the synagogue in the city and its immediate environment. There are two detailed case studies how communities built their synagogues and how these were received by the general public. A theoretical summary tries to determine the role of post-emancipation period synagogues in general architectural history.
Barbara Cohen, ASID, President of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, will trace the history of the Jewish people through the architecture of synagogues and discuss the many stylistic adaptations synagogues adopted in relation to the place, time, and world events during construction.
Presentation of the book Jüdische Friedhöfe im mittelalterlichen Reich by Susanne Härtel (De Gruyter: Berlin/Boston 2017).
Jewish cemeteries existed for centuries in the Holy Roman Empire. Unlike earlier research, this study shows that Jewish gravesites were not the primary sites of conflict. Instead, they provide evidence of a multi-religious society where, for the most part, Jewish and Christian spheres of life existed in quite natural proximity and in relation to one another.
The Bratislava Jewish Community Museum opens its 2018 season with a special exhibition dedicated to Eugen Bárkány, the pioneer of Jewish heritage preservation in Slovakia. Bárkány (1885-1967) was an engineer and building contractor, but also an ardent collector and the director of the first Jewish museum in Slovakia, which was active in 1928-1942 in Prešov. In the 1950s, the museum’s entire collection was sent to the State Jewish Museum in Prague and Bárkány settled in Bratislava, planning to establish a new Jewish museum in the Neolog synagogue there. His collection of WWI memorabilia was sent to Budapest. The exhibition symbolically unites under one roof three collections, which are today kept by the Jewish Community Prešov, the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest, and by the Bratislava museum. The exhibition is an event within the European Year of Cultural Heritage. An extensive Slovak-English catalog accompanies the exhibition.
The Eighth annual edition of 7@Nite or the Night of the Synagogues, when the seven synagogues in Krakow’s old Jewish quarter Kazimierz are open to the public with exhibitions and performances that highlight living Jewish culture.