Workshops and Excursions


Saturday 19 November: Optional Tours 

Delegates are invited to join the pre-conference optional tours and excursions in and around Copenhagen.

  • Option 1. Museum visit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
     The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is an internationally renowned museum for modern and contemporary art and an acknowledged milestone in Danish architecture, including a landscaped sculpture garden. Soon after its opening in 1958 the museum’s main focus shifted from modern Danish art to an international collection, dating from 1945 up till now. After a curatorial introduction, participants can explore the museum and its exhibition on their own. In November shows Lonely Old Slogans, a mid-career retrospective of Gerhard Richter (b. 1962), and Structures of Existence: The Cells on the work of Louise Bourgois (1911-2010).

    The museum is located on the shore of the Sound in Øresund, 35 kilometres north of Copenhagen. The group will gather at the Central Station in Copenhagen and together travel to the Louisiana Museum by train. Participants will travel back to Copenhagen individually and thus can spend as much time in the museum as desired.

    Start: 12.00
    Please note that participants have to buy their own public transport ticket. It is recommended to choose a 24-hour ticket (130 DKK)

  • Option 2. Museum visit: Hirschsprung Collection

    The collection was founded in 1865 by the Danish-Jewish tobacco manufacturer and arts patron Heinrich Hirschsprung (1836-1908). Initially Hirschsprung focused on Danish art from his time, but gradually started to include earlier painters of the Danish Golden Age (1800-1850) as well as other Danish art movements. Intending to make his collection accessible to the public, in 1902 Hirschsprung donated his collection to the Danish state. The collection is still displayed in the purpose-built Neoclassical museum building from 1911.

    Start: 13.30 (ca. 1 hour)

Sunday 20 November: Curatorial Tour

  • Curatorial Tour Danish Jewish Museum
    Conference delegates will explore the core exhibition of the Danish Jewish Museum that gives insight into 400-years of Jewish life in Denmark. The exhibition was put together in close dialogue with Daniel Libeskind’s architectural design of the building. The museum is built within the historic space of the 17th century Royal Boat House that became part of the Royal Library in 1906. Libeskind based his design on the unique circumstance of Danish-Jewish history that the majority of Danish Jews were saved from Nazi persecution by their Danish compatriots. This human involvement is symbolized in the form, structure and lighting of the building. The semi-temporary exhibition Home, created in 2014, tells the story of Danish Jews returning to Denmark after the end of Second World War. Delegates will furthermore learn about the historical surroundings of Slotsholmen, the island on which the Danish Jewish Museum is situated, to understand the spatial framework of the museum.

Sunday 20 and Monday 21 November: Conference workshops

On Sunday 20 November and Monday 21 November delegates will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops.

Session A: Workshop: Wimple from the Collection of the Danish Jewish Museum Dr Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek and Prof Hanne Trautner-Kromann (Lund University, SE)

Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to explore the wimple (Torah binder) in the collection of the Danish Jewish Museum. For this workshop Dr Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek and Prof Hanne Trautner-Kromann (Lund University, SE) have selected specific objects. Please note that there will be a limited number of participants for this workshop.


Session B: Workshop: Hebrew Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from The Royal LibraryDr Eva-Maria Jansson (Royal Library, Copenhagen), and Dr Johannes Wachten (DE)

In this workshop Dr Eva-Maria Jansson, research librarian at The Royal Library, will familiarize participants with the Judaica collection of The Royal Library. After introducing the different parts of this diverse and rich collection, Jansson will present recent digitization projects that aimed to make the collection accessible and share the Library’s experiences from these projects. This is followed by a discussion on how to further make our collections accessible to the public and how to engage them. Dr Johannes Wachten, retired curator of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and specialist in Hebrew books and manuscripts, will co-lead the workshop.


Session C: Workshop: Post War Collecting – Janne Laursen and Signe Bergman Larsen (Danish Jewish Museum)

All present collecting is post war collecting, although not all objects collected deal with post war conditions and developments. The reasons why donors have kept and taken care of objects differ and this is important provenience along with the objects themselves. This perspective may take out objects from normal functional categories and give them another kind of understanding as objects of remembrance and personal processing of memories and identity. This perspective has been central in the exhibition “HOME” with a category of items: Objects of remembrance.

Another perspective in post war collecting is the task to document post war developments, for instance the Jewish migration from Poland to Denmark 1968-70. This has created a collecting effort at The Danish Jewish Museum, but also risen the matter of priorities and collecting policies. This workshop will discuss both approaches in the frame of the special exhibit “HOME”, which uses 4th of May 1945, the day of liberation in Denmark, as its starting point.


Session D: Workshop: The Animated Museum – Tali Krikler (Museum Education Consultant, UK)

Who interprets the collection in your museum?
Do your curatorial and learning teams work together?
How do you reach under-represented audiences?

The Animated Museum is an innovative programme working with young people, challenging them to interpret objects from the museum’s rich and diverse collection using stop-frame animation.

During this hand-on, practical workshop we will explore the practicalities involved in running the Animated Museum, as well as having a go at filmmaking. You will leave with lots of information, ideas and a sense of the possibilities visitors bring as partners for co-creating content using film as an exciting and dynamic tool.  Please note that there will be a limited number of participants for this workshop.


Session E: Curatorial Visit: Creative Exhibitions: Ragnarock MuseumFrank Birkebæk (Director Roskilde Museum). NB: Only on Sunday 20 November

Ragnarock – the museum for pop, rock and youth culture in Roskilde is a brand new national, contemporary museum of cultural history, focusing on music and youth culture. Ragnarock communicates the development of youth culture, told by the sound, the images and the symbols of rock and pop music. It is a story about how young people have moved boundaries through music, and how they have affected society through eg. new dance forms, consumption habits, political views, style, use of music players and new technologies. The story is about us, when we listen to music, when we dance, fight, create and worship idols.


Session F: Round Table Talk: Challenges & Opportunities Chair Abigail Morris (Jewish Museum London, UK). NB: Only on Sunday 20 November

This informal discussion session will focus on challenges and opportunities facing the leaders of European Jewish museums, such as fundraising, audience development and governance. We will address whatever issues people want to bring to the session. The outcomes of this conversation will be presented in the plenary concluding session Staying Relevant – Looking Back and Ahead.


Session G: Workshop: Museums & Social MediaJonas Heide Smith (National Gallery of Denmark) and Sara Fredfeldt (Danish Jewish Museum). NB: Only on Monday 21 November

This workshop will take place at the National Gallery of Denmark. There will be an introduction to the digital strategy of the National Gallery and how this is merge into what happens on facebook and other digital platforms. Presented by The National Gallery of Denmark’s head of digital Jonas Heide Smith. This will be followed by a concrete Instagram workshop and a discussion of whether or not there is any particular does ‘n’ don’t for Jewish Museums, together with Sara Fredfeldt.

Session H: Workshop: EU Cultural Support and Museums: Opportunities and Best PracticeBradley Allen (Creative Europe Denmark). NB: Only on Monday 21 November

During this two-hour session, participants will learn about the opportunities that are available within Creative Europe, the European Commission’s cultural support programme that runs to 2020. After a short presentation of the programme priorities and best-practice examples, break-out groups will discuss possible projects within their own network, and these will be presented back to the floor and opened to comments. By the end of the session AEJM members will have a better understanding of the programme objectives, how their current projects can be converted into an EU project, and what it takes to create a successful application.

Monday 21 November: Excursion 

This excursion is a part of the official programme.

  • Great Synagogue and Mosaisk Nordre Cemetery
    The Monday morning excursion programme will bring the group to the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen, which was built between 1830 and 1833 in semi-oriental classic style by the architect G.F. Hetsch. The new community and the cultural centre of the Copenhagen Jewish community is located next to the synagogue. This will be followed by a visit to the 400 year-old Mosaisk Nordre Cemetery in Nørrebro (1694).

    Start: 9.00 (ca. 4 hours)


Tuesday 22 November: Optional Excursion

During the AGM delegates from non-member institutions are invited to join an optional tour.
Please note that AEJM Members are obliged to send at least one (1) representative to the General Meeting.

  • Museum Visit: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    A guided tour of the highlights of the museum. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is built around the collection of brewing magnate and art patron Carl Jacobson (1842-1914), son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. He was primarily interested in sculpture and collected works from the antiquities up until the 19th century. Jacobson’s collection also includes a significant collection of French impressionists and post-impressionists. He donated his collection to the Danish State and the city of Copenhagen in 1888. The first museum building was opened in 1897.

    Start: 14.00 (ca. 1 hour)