Advanced Curatorial Education Programme 2017

Izmir, Turkey, 19-23 April, 2017

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The next Advanced Curatorial Education Programme in Izmir will study the heritage of a once flourishing Jewish community in a Muslim society. Izmir is home to a complex of adjacent ancient Synagogues constructed in a unique Sephardic architectural style, dating from the 16th century. Of 34 Synagogues built in Izmir, just 13 remained, 9 of them in the old city of Izmir. Some of these Synagogues which are still active today are in good shape and stand as an example of various architectural styles.

In Izmir a collection of 2000 holy books from the late 16th and early 17th centuries can be found. Part of the library is by well-known rabbis who lived in previous centuries in Izmir and is a testimony of the religious importance of this community in the Jewish Sephardic world in those centuries, and its influence on European Jewish life. The Izmir Jewish textile collection includes about 202 items: Parochot, Torah mantles, binders, etc. , embroidered in Ottoman style and telling the history of the Izmir Jewish community since the expulsion from Spain.

For this A-CEP the AEJM will closely collaborate with The Izmir Project, which is conceived of and led by the Izmir Jewish Community and the Mordechai Kiriaty Foundation and that involves documentation, preservation and conservation of treasures from Izmir Jewry.

On Saturday 22 April the optional excursion programme will bring our participants to the archaeological complex of Sardis dating back to the 3rd century BCE that encompasses Romaniote heritage. For more info click here.

The Advanced Curatorial Education Programme is a joint project of the AEJM and the Jewish Museum Berlin and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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