Edmund de Waal is creating a major new two-part exhibition to be displayed in the 500-year-old Jewish Ghetto in Venice, coinciding with the opening of the 58th Biennale.
The first part is located in the spaces surrounding the Canton Scuola, the beautiful 16th century synagogue in the Ghetto Nuovo, which is now part of the Jewish Museum.
New installations of porcelain, marble and gold will reflect the literary and musical heritage of this extraordinary place. The intention is to animate spaces that are little known and little understood by visitors to the Biennale and to bring new audiences into the Ghetto.
The second part of the work will be a pavilion based at the Ateneo Veneto, the fifteenth-century building near the Fenice Opera House that has been an historic centre for cultural debate in Venice. Here, de Waal is constructing a small building within the main space that will house 2,000 books by exiled writers, from Ovid to the present day.
Rohatyn Jewish Heritage’s first project for 2019 will be three days of cutting and clearing at the old Jewish cemetery of Rohatyn. Joining in will be personnel from Dr. Caroline Colls Archaeology team from Staffordshire University (Great Britain), as well as Andrés Rodriguez, Peace Corps Ukraine in Rohatyn, and students from Рогатинська СЗОШ 1 participating in Rohatyn’s Youth CSO Lider program, building tomorrow’s civil society leaders in Ukraine.
Rohatyn Jewish Heritage will provide tools, gloves, protective gear, trash bags, water, snacks, etc.
In addition to working with RJH at the old cemetery, the UK Colls team will also be surveying and taking supplemental forensic information at the wartime “vodokanal” Jewish mass grave on Tuesday May 14th.
In the 2019 Kirker lecture, given in aid of Venice in Peril, Edmund de Waal considers the Venice Ghetto as a place which is simultaneously at the margins of the city whilst also being at the centre of world culture.
Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, renowned for his family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010) which won many literary prices. He was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011. He lives and works in London.
Lecture by Joanna Beata Michlic.
Since the fall of Communism, Łódź, the third-largest city of Poland, has embarked on a process of cultural reorientation. This process aims at reshaping it into a forward-looking twenty-first century European city. A close look at this process reveals that the reinvention of the city depends on what might be called an archaeological project of rediscovering the local pre-1939 multi-ethnic and multicultural heritage. In this lecture, Dr. Michlic examines the dynamics of the rediscovery of the Jewish heritage in Łódź from the perspective of mutual relations between a physical space and various social agents. She focuses on how the city draws on, reworks and articulates the forgotten Jewish heritage.
A multi-media exhibit at the at the Lviv Historical Museum (Market Square 6).
The opening is a 16:00 on May 16.
There is an outdoor part and also an indoor multimedia installation that showcases Jewish life in Lviv and region in the 1920s-30s.
Events in conjunction with the exhibit include “The Hall of the Synagogues” exhibition (1 Vuhilna Street); a public symposium organized by the Ukrainian Catholic University, and special projects at Lviv’s Territory of Terror Museum and the Museum of Religions.
At Lag B’Omer, a training seminar for tour guides on Hasidic history and heritage will be held — in English, sponsored by several institutions and organizations in cooperation with local Jewish bodies and Bar Ilan University.
The aims are:
- to improve knowledge about Hasidism, especially Seer of Lublin and his students
- to improve guiding and storytelling skills
- to visit sites most important for the history of Hasidism in eastern Poland
- to meet people from all over Poland, Israel and abroad
The seminar will include:
- Study Groups Relating to “The Seer of Lublin” and His Hasidic Court: Historical and Theological Background
- Lectures of Israeli and Polish experts
- Hasidic Tales and Music
- Lag Baomer Celebration
- Study tours in: Lublin – Leżajsk – Łańcut – Kock
Registration is open till March 31, 2019.
For more information and registration:
Agata Radkowska-Parka : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Presentation of the books: “In the Shadow of Empires: Synagogue Architecture in East Central Europe”, by Sergey Kravtsov, with preface by Ilia Rodov (Weimar: Grünberg Verlag, 2018) and “Ukrainian and Jewish Artists of Lemberg/Lwów/Lviv: From Ausgleich to the Holocaust” Sergey R. Kravtsov, Ilia Rodov and Małgorzata Stolarska-Fronia eds. (Weimar: Grünberg Verlag, 2019).
Excursions every 15 minutes, as part of the Plymouth History Festival
Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies the Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door. With the aid of funding from Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, an audio trail has been created, bringing to life the lives of those buried.
Sensible footwear required.
MP3s and head phones available on the day or bring your own head phones and/or your own smart phone.
Donations welcome / Booking essential / email@example.com / 07753267616 / www.plymouthsynagogue.com