Moscow 2019

Dates: September 16-18, 2019

In close cooperation with the Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center (JMTC), AEJM organises a curatorial study visit to Moscow. The programme includes behind-the-scenes visits to both our member institutions JMTC and the Museum of Jewish History in Russia, as well as museum visits to relevant institutions and collections of Russian-Jewish art like the Bakhrushin Museum, the New Tretyakov Gallery,  and the GULAG History Museum. The full programme will be available for download later this summer.

The study visit is open for museum conservators, curators, researchers and other positions dealing with Jewish material culture and/or exhibitions from AEJM member institutions. Participation is free of charge.


Registration has closed.


Support towards travel costs will be made available through the new Mobility Programme. Please note that only museums with limited financial means will be eligible for travel support. Find more information on the Mobility Programme here.

Tentative Programme


Monday, September 16
10:00-12:30 – Curatorial visit of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center + discussion

The Jewish museum and Tolerance centre in Moscow was opened in November 2012. It is based in a historical building of Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage – a monument of the constructivist architecture built in 1927 by Konstantin Melnikov. The architects managed to preserve the building’s historic look as well as the majority of its unique metal constructions. A group of historians and Jewish scholars created a chronological narrative of the history of Jewish people in Russia, telling the story of the country through the prism of one of its nation – the permanent exhibition itself was designed by Ralph Applebaum Associates. With Liya Chechik, Director of Academic Programmes & Special Projects

12:30-14:00 – Lunch break at the community building

14:00-15:30 – Presentation and discussion of exhibition strategy and programme JMTC

For its temporary exhibitions programme, the museum often programmes modern and contemporary art. The JMTC curatorial team will give insight into its previous and future programming. This session will also form a starting point on a wider discussion on contemporary art in Jewish museums, which will be continued at the AEJM Annual Conference in Ferrara.

15:30-16:00 – Coffee break

16:00-17:30 – Project presentations by participants

Participants are invited to showcase a recent project to their peers, such as exhibitions or research projects. We are particularly interested in temporary exhibitions that have an international appeal and that could travel to other Jewish museums. Please indicate your project proposal on the registration form.


Tuesday, September 17
10:00-12:00 – Curatorial visit of the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum

The Bakhrushin Museum was founded in the late 19th century as a private collection. Nowadays this museum dedicated to theater contains over 1.5 million items, such as costumes, sketches of costumes and set stages, photos, posters etc.  It includes works by Jewish Avantgarde artists for Sergey Dhiagilev’s Ballet Russes and for the Jewish Theatre, such as Natan Altman, Robert Falk, Isaak Rabinovich and Aleksandr Tyshler. 


12:00-13:30 – Lunch break on the way to the next venue

13:30-15:30 – Curatorial visit of the New Tretyakov Gallery

The New Tretyakov Gallery presents Russian art of the 20th century, including Avantgarde, socialist realism and underground art. The museum collection contains work by major Russian Jewish artists, such as El Lissitzky, Natal Altman, David Shterenberg, Robert Falk, Isaak Brodsky, and Solomon Nikritin. 

15:30-16:00 – Coffee break

16:00-17:30 – City walk “Jewish Moscow today”

Wednesday, September 18
10:00-12:00 – Curatorial visit of the Gulag Museum

The Gulag Museum was founded in 2001 by Anton Antonov-Ovseenko, an historian and journalist who had passed through Stalin’s camps as son of an “enemy of the people”. In 2004 the museum opened on its first location in Petrovka Street and in 2015 it opened on its new premises on 1st Samotechny lane. The mission of the museum is the retention of historical memory, the comprehension of the past in name of the future. The museum intends to become a public space for presentation, study and updating issues of the history of mass repression, forced labor and political lack of freedom in the USSR. The museum conducts mapping projects, expeditions to former camp sites, and collects stories of survivors. It also works with contemporary artists for its programming.

12:00-13:30 – Lunch Break on the way to the next venue

14:00-16:30 – Curatorial visit to the Museum of Jewish History in Russia, with Maria Kaspina and Boris Khaimovich 

The privately owned Museum of Jewish History in Russia aims at showing a comprehensive picture of Jewish life in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, with all its varied cultural, social, and political forms. The collection allows for a representation of all Jewish religious and sub-ethnic groups: not only the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe, but also Georgian and Mountain Jews of the Caucasus region and Bukharan Jews of Central Asia. Additionally, it includes the Karats as well as Russian sects that converted to Judaism, such as the Gers and Subbotniks. The museum has dedicated a special section of the ties connecting the Jews of Russia and the USSR with the Holy Land and the State of Israel. With Maria Kaspina, Deputy Director, and Boris Khaimovich, Chief Curator.
William Gross, private collector and Judaica expert, will also join us for this museum visit!

The following files are available for download