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Café Ma­gnétique: Import/Export

Program Accompanying the Exhibition Paris Magnétique. 1905–1940 (in German and French)

At the start of the twentieth century, the city of Paris was like a magnet for European artists. Many of them, and in particular, Jewish artists from Eastern Europe, were fleeing perse­cution and poverty, or emig­rating in search of a new creative start. Through this, a lively art scene deve­loped in Paris, which not only thrived on the artistic import of the new­comers, but soon exported its ideas of art and intellectual exchange to the whole world. The art of the École de Paris became the epitome of European modernity.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

In the first part of the event series Café Magnétique, Sophie Krebs, head curator of the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art, will discuss the magnetic effect Paris had on European artists. Art historian Annabel Ruckdeschel will then consider the École de Paris from the other side: How did artists transport these artistic ideals from Paris to Italy, the USA and Brazil, estab­lishing the image of Modern Art in the process?

A woman with red curly hair and black blazer stands in front of a gray background and looks into the camera.

Annabel Ruckdeschel; photo: Fotofabrik Frankfurt

Café Magnétique: Parisian cafés functioned as places to meet people and gather together on a daily basis, and often also served as a first port of call for new arrivals. They were the parlors and work spaces of many artists and were essential for the self-organization of migrants in a new, foreign environment: the cafés were used to establish contacts, find rooms and studios, and to prepare exhi­bitions. Famous Parisian cafés such as the Café de Dôme in Montparnasse were the hub of the migrant and parti­cularly the Jewish-influenced art scene, which soon became known as the École de Paris.

The Café Magnétique series revives the Parisian cafés in the Jewish Museum Berlin, inviting you to exchange ideas about the École de Paris over food and drinks.

A woman with short gray hair stands in front of a bookshelf and looks into the camera.

Sophie Krebs; photo: Sophie Krebs

Exhibition Paris Magnétique. 1905–1940: Features & Programs

Exhibition Webpage
Paris Magnétique. 1905–1940 – 25 Jan to 1 May 2023
Digital Content
Biographical stops of Rudolf Levy – on the online platform Jewish Places
Paris Magnétique. 1905–1940 – 2023, in German
Accompanying Events
Exhibition opening – 24 Jan 2023
Café Magnétique: Import/Export – part 1: With Sophie Krebs and Annabel Ruck­deschel, 2 Feb 2023
Café Magnétique: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism – part 2: With Cathy Gelbin and Julia Friedrich, 23 Mar 2023, in German
Café Magnétique: La Prose du Transsibérien – part 3: Lecture performance with Shelley Harten and guests, 20 Apr 2023
Brunch Magnétique – A visit to the exhibition with breakfast, with fixed dates
Guided Tours
Public tour – with fixed dates, in German
Tour for Groups – by appointment
Portraits of the Parisian avant-garde – guided group tour and workshop, by appointment, in German Sign Language
Magnetic, Magnificent, Fantastic! – Workshop, with fixed dates, in German, Russian and German Sign Language

Where, when, what?

  • When Thu 2 Feb 2023, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    6 €, reduced rate 3 €

  • Please noteFood and drinks by eßkultur for an extra charge.

    LanguageThe event will be conducted in German and French with German simultaneous translation.

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