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Café Ma­gné­tique: La Prose du Trans­sibérien

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

Parisian cafés at the time of the École de Paris were not only a fixed meeting place for the painters and sculptors of the European avant-garde, it was also where different art forms, painting and literature met. One outstanding example of these encounters is La Prose du Transsibérien et la Petite Jehanne de France from 1913. The collaborative book project shows a long poem by Swiss poet Blaise Cendrars about his journey through Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway; the text is surrounded by expressionist-style illustrations by artist Sonia Delaunay-Terk.

Rescheduled for Thu 20 Apr 2023, 7 pm

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)

The third part of the event series Café Magnétique is dedicated to Cendrars and Delaunay-Terk's artist’s book and to the diverse moments of exchange and collaboration within the École de Paris. In a lecture performance, curator Shelley Harten joins the live artists Tiziana Beck and Johanna Benz from and the actress Marina Frenk to explore the intersection of migration, the avant-garde, and artistic networks in early twentieth-century Paris.

Parisian cafés functioned as places to meet people and gather together on a daily basis, and often also as a first port of call for new arrivals. They served as parlors and studies for 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 focal point of this migrant and particularly 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.

Portrait of a white woman with blond hair against a green background.

Shelley Harten; Photo: Yael Bartana

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 20 Apr 2023, 7 pm
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  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

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  • Entry fee

    6 € , reduced rate 3 € + food and drinks by eßkultur for an extra charge
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  • LanguageThe event will be conducted in German.

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