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The Artists of our Art Vending Machine

Read profiles of and interviews with the artists on our blog

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Paintings, printed graphics, sculptures, and more art from our collections (in German)

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Worm's-eye view of the chest and face of a woman dressed in white with platinum blonde, short hair on a donkey, whose neck, cut at the left edge of the picture, is just visible. Background: Berlin Brandenburg Gate and steel blue sky

Yael Bartana: Redemption Now

An expansive presentation of works by the contemporary artist

Exhibition
TBA

Our Library's DFG Project

Enlarging and indexing our holdings in Jewish art

Project
2013–2018

Dateline: Israel. Contemporary Photography and Video Art

Exhibition catalog

Publication

Heimatkunde (How German is it?): 30 Artists' Notion of Home

Exhibition Catalog

Publication

Abstract painting in blue, black and yellow tones

Otto Freundlich and His Socially Utopian Composition

From our Holdings

Art Vending Machine

Contemporary art by international, Berlin-based Jewish artists

Art Installation
2013–2018

Our Fine Arts Collection

Our art collection walks in the footsteps of the first Jewish Museum in Berlin.

All About ...

Graphic Reproduction »Es kam das Feuer« (The fire came) by El Lissitzky

The William L. Gross Collection

Judaica, documents, and literature on Jewish art and culture at our library

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No Compromises! The Art of Boris Lurie

A retrospective

Exhibition
26 Feb to 31 Jul 2016

James Turrell: Ganzfeld Aural

Installation in the Museum Garden

Exhibition
12 Apr 2018 to 6 Oct 2019

Ernst Kris: Art History, Psychoanalysis, and Communication Studies

Lecture by Rudolf Preimesberger

Event
13 December 2018

Oil painting with a family scene

Manheimer Family Portrait

by Julius Moser (1805–1879), Berlin, 1850, oil on canvas

Objects from Our Core Exhibition

Varieté. Inmitten eines Hofes eine provisorisch beleuchtete Bühne und Artist*innen. Rundum herbeikommende Zuschauer*innen

Bedřich Fritta. Drawings from the Theresienstadt Ghetto

Exhibition
17 May to 29 Sep 2013 and
28 Feb to 4 May 2014

Sculpture of a library made of lead with inserted glass fragments

Shevirat ha-Kelim (Breaking of the Vessels)

Anselm Kiefer, 1990–2019, lead, iron, glass, copper wire, charcoal, Aquatec

Objects from Our Core Exhibition

How German is it? 30 Artists' Notion of Home

Exhibition
16 Sep 2011 to 29 Jan 2012

R. B. Kitaj 1932–2007. Obsessions

Retrospective with paintings, prints, and drawings

Exhibition
21 Sep 2012 to 27 Jan 2013

Close-up of faces cut into metal discs.

Menashe Kadishman: Shalekhet

Art installation in the Libeskind Building

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Selected Objects: Fine Arts Collection (12)

Fine Arts Collection

Glance through our art holdings featuring modernist works by Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth, and commercial graphic art by Louis Oppenheim. The motifs span from biblical and Jewish themes to intimate portraits and Felix Nussbaum’s haunting response to his experience of persecution.

Albertine Mendelssohn-Bartholdy as a Bride by August Theodor Kaselowsky

In this painting, Albertine Heine appears to be a Christian Madonna. She holds the ring near her heart, wearing a white dress with her gaze modestly lowered.

Biblical map of the Holy Land

This "New and Original Biblical Map of the Holy Land" from 1893 was probably never intended to be used by pilgrims or travelers on the ground.

Loneliness by Felix Nussbaum

Nussbaum is nearly unique among artists for his striking examination of his plight as one of the persecuted. He painted it in Brussels, where he was in hiding, in 1942.

The Plesch Family Portrait by Max Slevogt

Max Slevogt created this painting of his friend's family in 1928. It captures the intimacy of family life while fulfilling a group portrait's representative function.

Abstract painting in blue, black and yellow tones

Composition by Otto Freundlich

Otto Freundlich painted this abstract composition in 1938 – one year after another artwork of his had been branded "degenerate art" in Nazi Germany.

Moses Looks upon the Promised Land by Lesser Ury

For artist Lesser Ury, the painting marked the end of a lifelong preoccupation with the figure of Moses. Unfortunately, only a pastel sketch for the painting survives.

S. Adam Advertising Poster by Louis Oppenheim

With this poster by the well-known graphic artist Louis Oppenheim, the S. Adam clothing store advertised its products to male and female sports enthusiasts in 1908.

Passage through the Red Sea by Jakob Steinhardt

This woodcut by Jakob Steinhardt illustrates a 1920s Haggadah. The people barely escaped with their lives—as is revealed in the expression on Moses’ face.

Girl Walking by Elisabeth Wolff

The sculpture by Elisabeth Wolff was a trophy at the first sporting festival held by the Reich Committee for Jewish Youth Associations, in 1934. The artwork has only been entrusted to our collection for safekeeping.

Self-Portrait with Straw Hat by Max Liebermann

In this late self-portrait, the artist presents himself as bourgeois in a dark suit and a Panama hat. Two years after his eightieth birthday, he painted himself here with a touch of resignation and melancholy.

Sabbath by Jankel Adler

Jankel Adler's painting Sabbath shows a parlor scene on the weekly day of rest. But the artist has not depicted the festive, pleasurable moment of welcoming the Shabbat.

Petermannchen by Lovis Corinth

Lovis Corinth painted this portrait of his student and wife-to-be during a beach vacation on the Baltic coast. It contains a secret romantic message.