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Mar
1
Fri
Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival @ Jewish Museum Frankfufrt
Mar 1 – Sep 1 all-day
Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival @ Jewish Museum Frankfufrt | Frankfurt am Main | Hessen | Germany

A multimedia exhibition by the artist, architect and historian Natalia Romik dedicated to the creativity of Polish Jews seeking to survive the Shoah in hiding.

In Poland and Ukraine during World War II, approximately 50,000 people survived persecution by the German occupying forces in hiding. The majority of them were Jewish. They found refuge in tree hollows, closets, basements, sewers, empty graves, and other precarious locations. Natalia Romik’s exhibition “Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival” pays tribute to these fragile places of refuge and explores their physicality. The show poses basic questions about the relationship between architecture, private life, and the public sphere: it addresses the protective function of spaces and emphasizes the creativity those in hiding brought to bear in their attempt to survive.

In a research project extending over several years, Natalia Romik and an interdisciplinary team of researchers consulted oral histories to identify several hiding places, which they explored using forensic methods. The multimedia exhibition “Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival” presents the results of this research. It consists of sculptures bearing a direct connection to the sites and includes documentary films, forensic recordings, photos, documents, and objects found in the hiding places.

“Hideouts: The Architecture of Survival” is presented in cooperation with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and the TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin. On the occasion of the show at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, a catalogue will be published in German and English editions by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

The exhibition was curated by Kuba Szreder and Stanisław Ruksza with the help of Aleksandra Janus (scientific collaboration). For the presentation in Frankfurt, Katja Janitschek, curator of the Judengasse Museum, was responsible for the curatorial project management. We would like to thank the Evonik Foundation for their generous support.

 

May
17
Fri
(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw
May 17 – Dec 16 all-day
(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw | Warszawa | Województwo mazowieckie | Poland

There were more than a thousand shtetls in today’s territories of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus.  The Second World War and the Holocaust obliterated the world of shtetls completely. Today, in Opatów—as well as in tens of other Polish towns—there are no more Jews left.

The OPOLIN Museum’s  new temporary exhibition titled (post) JEWISH… demonstrates that Polish towns hide two parallel histories. The history of their Polish inhabitants is well known and remembered. The one of their Jewish neighbours who are no more is forgotten or left unsaid. 

Guide in the exhibition will be the late Mayer Kirshenblatt, a painter who emigrated to Canada with his mother and brothers as a teenager, in 1934. Mayer recalls the shtetl of his youth, restoring vivid memories of the people, events, daily life and customs. His paintings—full of color, imagination and humor—show us a world that is no more. Looking at them, we learn about our shared Polish-Jewish history.

The exhibition also features a documentation of artistic interventions carried out in today’s Opatów, aimed at discovering and restoring the vestiges of the pre-war Jewish life.

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Jun
21
Fri
FestivalALT Kraków
Jun 21 – Jul 2 all-day
FestivalALT Kraków

The 8th edition of the  “alternative” Jewish arts and activism festival in Krakow that runs in parallel with the big Krakow Jewish Culture Festival.

FestivALT strives to elevate and normalize the representation of Jewish voices negotiating the intricate terrain of Jewish culture, especially within publicly-funded institutions such as festivals, museums, and cultural spaces. It confronts the unsettling phenomena of neglect, appropriation, and commodification of Jewish material heritage and memory. 

Click here to see the program

 

Jun
23
Sun
Krakow Jewish Culture Festival
Jun 23 – Jun 30 all-day
Krakow Jewish Culture Festival @ Kraków | Województwo małopolskie | Poland

The 33rd edition of the biggest and best-known Jewish culture festival in Europe. Concerts, lectures, exhibits, guided tours, workshops, films, meetings, and other activities…

This year, or security reasons, the annual open-air “Shalom on Szeroka” final concert will not be held.

Aug
11
Sun
Restored Białystok Pogrom Monument dedication @ Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery, Białystok
Aug 11 all-day
Restored Białystok Pogrom Monument dedication @ Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery, Białystok | Białystok | Województwo podlaskie | Poland

Inauguration of the massive pillar in the Jewish cemetery commemorating the scores of victims of the June 1906 pogrom and two 1905 massacres.

It was restored thanks to the efforts of the US nonprofit Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Fund.

Read the long essay by the cemetery’s historian Dr. Heidi Szpek about the pillar.

Sep
8
Sun
From Shtetl to Post-Jewish Town @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day
From Shtetl to Post-Jewish Town @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw | Warszawa | Województwo mazowieckie | Poland

While the historical shtetl has been studied extensively, the post-Jewish town, as a historical phenomenon and evolving site of contested memory, has received less attention. After the Holocaust, the many towns where Jewish communities had lived for centuries and where they had created a distinctive way of life became places without Jews. We want to explore this process of transforming shtetls into post-Jewish space.

The conference is organized as part of the events accompanying the new temporary exhibition of POLIN Museum “(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt” opening on May 17, 2024. The exhibition will juxtapose postwar memories of prewar Jewish life in Polish Opatów, as recorded in words and paintings by a self-taught artist – Mayer Kirshenblatt, with the postwar post-Jewish town.

 

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