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Paris Magnétique

1905–1940

Painted portrait of a young woman on gray background.

Portrait de Dédie, Painting by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918, oil on canvas, 92 x 60 cm; Centre Pompidou Paris, 1952 donated by Mrs. and Mr. André Lefèvre

In the first half of the twentieth century, the French capital was a magnet for artists from around the world. With Paris Magnétique. 1905–1940, the Jewish Museum Berlin is presenting the first major exhibition in Germany devoted to the Jewish artists of the School of Paris. Featuring more than 120 works in ten sections, the exhibition charts how migrant, often marginalized perspectives from the Parisian avant-garde have influenced today’s under­standing of Western modernist art. On show will be works by famous and less-well-known artists, including Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Chana Orloff, Sonia Delaunay and Jacques Lipchitz.

25. Jan bis 1. Mai 2023

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green

Where

Old Building, level 1
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Alongside numerous paintings, the JMB will present sculptures and drawings. Contemporary documents, including photo­graphs, news­paper excerpts, and film clips, will illustrate the historical context. Bio­graphies of the artists and descriptions of their net­works and meeting places, such as Montparnasse and the artists’ residence La Ruche (The Beehive), will provide a vivid impression of Jewish-European diversity in the French capital.

The term School of Paris (École de Paris) describes neither an art school nor a stylistic movement. Coined in 1925 by the journalist and art critic André Warnod, it refers to a cosmopolitan art scene that stood up to nationalist and xeno­phobic voices. Its members came to Paris from the former Russian Empire, that is, from Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as from Germany and Italy, to find a new, free environment for their work. Some of them shared ideals, but above all they wanted to escape the poor living conditions in their countries of origin, where they had faced marginalization and discrimination, culminating in pogroms.

The Berlin presentation is a continuation of the exhibition Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine... Paris as a School, 1905–1940, which was shown in Paris at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (Museum of Jewish Art and History) from June to October 2021.

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When25 Jan to 1 May 2023
  • Entry fee8 €, reduced rate 3 €, children and young people under the age of 18 can enter free of charge. You can find more information on our price list.
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  • WhereOld Building, level 1
    Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
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  • Please noteVisiting Paris Magnétique. 1905-1940 is only possible after handing in bags, jackets and coats at the cloak room in the foyer. Since the museum’s rooms are a bit cooler, please make sure you have enough warm clothing. Thank you for your understanding!

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
Catalog
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
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

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