A hidden gem of the Paris museum scene, the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (known as “The mahJ”), located in the exquisite 17th-century Hôtel de Saint-Aignan in the historic Marais neighborhood, has launched its first new exhibition since its reopening earlier this month.
The mahJ showcases the works of some of the greatest artists and personalities in history, featuring more than 12,000 exhibits from antiquity to the present day. Among those featured are Robert Capa, Marc Chagall, Sigmund Freud, Sigalit Landau, Charlotte Salomon, Arnold Schoenberg, Art Spiegelman and John Zorn.
The new exhibition, titled Jews in Morocco, 1934-1937
, features photographs by Jean
Rouhama and Sarah Abehassera in Wedding Suits; Erfoud, Tafilalet Region
mahJ ©Adagp, Paris, 2020
Besancenot, depicting rural Jewish communities in Morocco, which no longer exist today. Besancenot, who visited Morocco thanks to a grant he received from the Foreign Ministry, documented this unique period of Jewish culture in Morocco, particularly through capturing the traditional ceremonial costumes worn by locals. The exhibition brings together many of Besancenot’s own period prints from both public and private collections, along with an audio-visual presentation of images from his original negatives.
For its reopening, the mahJ has implemented a number of new safety measures, including mandatory use of masks for all visitors, reduced capacity per room, and a new one-way only path through the museum. Find more details on all of the museum’s protocols here: https://www.mahj.org/en/prepare-your-visit-practical-information/our-priority-your-health.
ABOUT THE MAHJ:
Located in the magnificent 17th-century Hôtel de Saint-Aignan in the Marais neighborhood of Paris, the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme – known as “mahJ”) is one of the leading history and art museums in Paris. Since its opening in 1998, the mahJ has been devoted to showcasing major artworks from influential Jewish artists and sharing the history of Judaism in France, as well as throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. The mahJ collection comprises more than 12,000 works from antiquity to the present day and a wealth of archival materials. The museum also provides a number of educational programs to younger generations on Jewish art and culture and hosts a variety of events and activities for all ages throughout the year.
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