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New Online Handbook Provenance Researchfeatured

By AEJM / Eva Koppen on

The new online Handbook On Judaica Provenance Research: Ceremonial Objects is now available through the Claims Conference. This publication by Julie-Marthe Cohen, Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek and Ruth Jolanda Weinberger covers research of two different categories: classical provenance research, which deals with tracing an object at hand to its original owner, and research which deals with establishing the location of a lost object. One can download the full handbook or individual sections from the website of the Claims Conference. The handbook consists of four parts: The first part provides an overview of prewar Judaica and Jewish museum collections, an overview of Nazi agencies engaged in the looting of Jewish material culture, the looting of Judaica, the dispersion of the objects after World War II and, briefly, the nationalizations of Judaica before, during and after the war. The second part deals with the identification of Judaica objects and is intended especially for people who are not familiar with this kind… | Read more »

  1. CAJM Conference in Washington, DC

    By AEJM / Eva Koppen on

    The Council of American Jewish Museums is hosting its annual conference in Washington, DC February 25-28, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is… | Read more »

  2. Register now: Warsaw Study Visit

    By AEJM / Eva Koppen on

    January 22-23 the AEJM will organize the 2nd edition of Jewish Museums Today: a 2-day study visit to Warsaw that will focus on communication and marketing… | Read more »

  3. CfP: Urban Jewish Heritage | Presence and Absence

    By AEJM / Anita Christensen on

    Call for Papers Conference: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence  3-7 September 2018 Krakow, Poland  Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the… | Read more »

Conservation Secrets: the Search for Truth through Restoration and Rejuvenation

On display at U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
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Exhibition and Live-Restoration Exhibition Curator: Dr. Doron J. Lurie Assistant Curator: Rachel Berkovitz “Conservation Secrets” shines a spotlight on the long-standing connection to conservation at the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art. At one time home to a school and studio for wood conservation, the museum has often engaged with the ethical questions surrounding the restoration process. This exhibition examines some of these questions for the public, beginning with the ideas of truth and authenticity. Can authenticity be achieved when objects are removed from their original context or reconstructed in any way? Where is the line between interpretation and recreation? Examples pertaining to each of these questions and more fill the museum’s exhibition galleries. From Modigliani to the golden Menorah, Titus to Theodore Herzl, the discussion encompasses forgeries and amateur restorers as well. Alongside these questions are the people who contend with them every day for a living. The exhibition includes quotes and… | Read more »

  • cultural history
  • art
  • religion
  • judaica
  • history
  1. The Girl in the Diary. Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto

    On display at Galicia Jewish Museum
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    • history
    • artefact
    • film/video
    • photography
    • judaica
    • holocaust
  2. Never Walk Alone. Jewish Identities in Sport

    On display at Jewish Museum Munich
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    • history
    • cultural history
    • 19th century
    • religion
    • post war history
  3. Designs on Britain

    On display at Jewish Museum London
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    • design
    • architecture
    • drawing & prints