The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938
Nov
4
May 1

The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938

Female artists in Vienna had a very difficult time of it before 1938. It is therefore all the more surprising how many women managed to succeed in this métier. A large number of them came from assimilated Jewish families. Painters like Tina Blau, Broncia Koller, Marie Louise von Motesiczky, or ceramic artists Vally Wieselthier and Susi Singer have established a place for themselves in the history of art. An exhibition with lots of new discoveries.

Arnold Schönberg in Focus. Photographs 1880 - 1950
Nov
16
Jan 5

Arnold Schönberg in Focus. Photographs 1880 - 1950

An exhibition as an open archive: 3,500 historic photographs surviving in Schönberg’s archive illuminate the medium’s development, providing an authentic and moving view of the artist, paterfamilias, friend and contemporary.

Horowitz: fifty years of portrait photos
Dec
2
May 1

Horowitz: fifty years of portrait photos

This exhibition at Museum Judenplatz offers an insight into the portrait photography of Michael Horowitz, photographer, journalist, and author, born in Vienna in 1950. He has written biographies of Heimito von Doderer, Egon Erwin Kisch, Karl Kraus, Helmut Qualtinger, and H.C. Artmann, inspired by his father, a well-known theater photographer.

Marcel Odenbach. Proof of Nothing
Feb
5
Apr 30

Marcel Odenbach. Proof of Nothing

Marcel Odenbach one of the most important contemporary video artists, has overwritten his first solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien with the title of a poem by Ingeborg Bachmann. Beweis zu nichts (Proof of Nothing) deals with the persistence of the victim-perpetrator structure within post-war society.

Trude und Elvis. Wien - Memphis - Hollywood
Apr
5
Oct 29

Trude und Elvis. Wien - Memphis - Hollywood

From June 1956 to November 1960, Elvis Presley had a secretary by the name of Trude Forsher. She was from Vienna and had narrowly escaped persecution by the Nazi regime in 1939. Jean and Julian Aberbach were distant relatives, also from Vienna, who had established themselves in the USA as music producers specializing in country & western music.

The Female Side of God
Apr
30
Oct 8

The Female Side of God

The Jewish Museum Hohenems poses a challenging question to the monotheistic religions: Is it possible to view the—according to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim tradition—“one and only God” as other than male? The exhibition—a project of the Jewish Museum Hohenems in cooperation with the Museum of the Bible, Washington DC, and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main—thus takes a critical look at concepts of God in the Abrahamic religions. It also addresses the impact of these notions on traditional religious and social practice and the self-assertive attempts to break out of these roles.

Buy From Jews! Story of a Viennese store culture
May
17
Nov 5

Buy From Jews! Story of a Viennese store culture

The rise of department stores in Vienna was part of a pan-European development in the nineteenth century. It is not widely known that many of the founders came from Jewish families and that there was once a garment district in the inner city. 


The Glück Family Living Room
Sep
28
Mar 26

The Glück Family Living Room

The exhibition relates the history of the Jewish furrier Glück family, from its arrival in Vienna from the north-eastern crown lands around 1900 to its escape after the annexation of Austria in 1938 to France and the USA. 

Exhibition "Arnold Schönberg - peindre l'âme" in Paris
Sep
28
Dec 29

Exhibition "Arnold Schönberg - peindre l'âme" in Paris

Exhibition Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris in cooperation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, 28 September 2016 – 29 January 2017

In cooperation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris (mahj.org) is presenting the exhibition “Arnold Schönberg – Peindre l’âme” from 28 September 2016 to 29 January 2017 featuring over 350 exhibits: paintings, drawings, documents, music manuscripts, letters and photographs.

Book presentation: Gordana Kuić, Die Legende der Luna Levi
May
31
6:30 pm18:30

Book presentation: Gordana Kuić, Die Legende der Luna Levi

"Die Legende der Luna Levi" is the first part of Gordana Kuić’s historical trilogy about the Sephardic Jews in the Balkans. With great attention to detail, the author describes the rites and customs of the community and the beginnings of their new life in the multicultural city on the Bosporus.

Jewish Community street party
May
29
2:00 pm14:00

Jewish Community street party

The traditional Jewish Community street party in the Arkadenhof of Vienna City Hall offers a diverse program for young and old.

At the Jewish Museum Vienna stand (2–6 pm) you can browse the museum’s various publications, buy souvenirs, and find out about our program.

Viennese diversity—familiar and unfamiliar
May
22
2:00 pm14:00

Viennese diversity—familiar and unfamiliar

Large and small, noisy and quiet, comfortable and uncomfortable, kitsch and cool. Nothing is as it appears in “our city.” Vienna is diverse! Jewish, Turkish, Bosnian, American, Chinese, and much more. On a special children’s guided tour, you can find out what is “Jewish” about Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas trees, and how come you all know a little Hebrew. Afterwards you can create works of art in our Atelier for a gallery of diversity.

Viennese Synagogues: A Memory
May
19
Nov 17

Viennese Synagogues: A Memory

Until their destruction in 1938, Vienna’s synagogues were an integral component of the urban architecture and culture. The virtual reconstruction gives an illuminating insight into these disappeared Viennese spaces. Most of the synagogues were built between 1890 and 1910, when the migration of Jews from the crown lands to Vienna was at its highpoint.

Stars of David. The Sound of the 20th Century
Apr
13
Oct 2

Stars of David. The Sound of the 20th Century

Jewish musicians have stamped their influence on all aspects of the music business in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and have made a significant contribution to entertainment culture. “Stars of David” looks at the various genres and exponents and traces the history back to the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where the roots of this (musical) story are to be found.

Odd.
Apr
10
Feb 20

Odd.

A glimpse into the collections—on the 25th anniversary of the Jewish Museum
For the past 25 years, the Jewish Museum Hohenems has collected testimonies about Jewish history in Vorarlberg, Tyrol, and the greater Lake Constance area—hereby compiling a quintessential history of the diaspora. Thousands of descendants of the Jewish families from Hohenems still feel a sense of connection to this place that is part of their own history while at the same time viewing themselves as citizens of the world. Thus, they provide the museum with a critical boost.

Odd
Apr
10
Oct 2

Odd

A glimpse into the collections—on the 25th anniversary of the Jewish Museum
For the past 25 years, the Jewish Museum Hohenems has been gathering witnesses of Jewish history in Vorarlberg, Tyrol, and the greater Lake Constance area—hereby compiling a quintessential history of the diaspora. Thousands of descendants of the Jewish families from Hohenems still feel a sense of connection to this place that is part of their own history while at the same time viewing themselves as citizens of the world. Thus, they provide the museum with critical impulses.

Roads to Leisure. Entertainment in the Prater and the City
Mar
16
Sep 18

Roads to Leisure. Entertainment in the Prater and the City

  • Jewish Museum Vienna, Museum Dorotheergasse

The exhibition “Roads to Leisure” looks at the most interesting entertainment venues, at the audiences, censorship, and the press. The stars of the urban scene, like Heinrich Eisenbach, Abisch Meisels, Gisela Werbezirk, Gertrud Kraus, and Hans Moser, also make their appearance.

Engerau: The Forgotten Story of Petržalka An exhibition of the Jewish Community Museum Bratislava
Mar
2
Apr 20

Engerau: The Forgotten Story of Petržalka An exhibition of the Jewish Community Museum Bratislava

  • Dokumentationsarchiv (Altes Rathaus)

The exhibition project Engerau: The Forgotten Story of Petržalka is the contribution of the Jewish Community Museum to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is focused on the Engerau concentration camp, about which few people in Slovakia are aware. The camp was established in December 1944 as a “labor camp” in Petržalka (German name: Engerau), which at that time was occupied by the Third Reich. Around 1,700 Hungarian Jewish men worked at the camp in appalling conditions.

Wien Museum: O.R. Schatz & Carry Hauser. In an Age of Extremes
Jan
28
May 16

Wien Museum: O.R. Schatz & Carry Hauser. In an Age of Extremes

Otto Schatz (1900–1961) and Carry Hauser (1895–1985) may have been overshadowed by their more famous contemporaries such as Schiele and Kokoschka, but their artwork remains a compelling reflection of a turbulent era. War, exile, and the radically shifting terrain of twentieth-century political systems left their mark on the artists’ biographies. The exhibition reacquaints visitors with these two significant Austrian artists active principally in the realm of drawing and printmaking. Placing the work of Schatz and Hauser into dialogue opens up discussions about a broad spectrum of artistic expression ranging from Cubism, Expressionism and New Objectivity to the realism of the postwar years. Dominant themes include human existence in an age of extremes and the metropolis in its various guises – from pulsating life to misery and isolation.

In 1938, the National Socialists decreed an employment ban on Otto Rudolf Schatz, who subsequently emigrated with his Jewish wife Valerie Wittal to Brno and to Prague. In 1944 the couple was interned, but later liberated by Soviet troops.

Carry Hauser was banned by the National Socialists from working and exhibiting because of his political stance.  His wife, Gertrud Herzog-Hauser, was of Jewish origin and emigrated to the Netherlands, where she managed to survive the war. Hauser went into exile in Switzerland.

The Wien Museum maintains the largest public collection of works from both artists, with first-rate works from international lenders rounding out the exhibition. Also on display are rarities from private collections such as artists’ books illustrated and bound by Schatz and Hauser themselves, along with previously unknown designs for public art on buildings.

Venue:

Wien Museum
Karlsplatz 8
1040 Vienna

Dates: 28 January 2016 to 16 May 2016

Susan Philipsz: Night and Fog
Jan
1
Apr 3

Susan Philipsz: Night and Fog

  • Kunsthaus Bregenz

The artist concerning the two exhibitions: »At Kunsthaus Bregenz I would like to explore disappearance, obscurity and absence, merging the atmospherics of the site with a deeper historical perspective. […] I have chosen to work with mainly wind and brass instruments to emphasise the air passing through the instruments and passing through the space. Each of the tones will be separated and there are gaps and pauses where the other instruments should be. At each level the work is different but the composition is reprised and there is a sense of repetition with sounds from different levels combining in unexpected places throughout the building.«

So this is the strong Sex. Women in Psychoanalysis
Dec
16
Jun 12

So this is the strong Sex. Women in Psychoanalysis

  • Sigmund Freud Museum

The Sigmund Freud Museum is dedicating the special exhibition “So this is the strong Sex.” Women in Psychoanalysis to women from the early history of psychoanalysis. Marie Bonaparte, Helene Deutsch, Emma Eckstein, Anna Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Sabina Spielrein had a major influence on the work of Sigmund Freud and on the development of psychoanalysis.

Exhibition - “The University. A Battleground”
Nov
3
Mar 28

Exhibition - “The University. A Battleground”

  • Jewish Museum Vienna, Museum Dorotheergasse

The university – the hope of the Jews and the site of bloody pogroms. A story of inclusion and exclusion from a Jewish perspective. An exhibition about the 650-year relationship between the Jews and the university in Vienna.

Film Screening - "Fresh Angles" (Recommended by ACFNY)
Oct
27
7:00 pm19:00

Film Screening - "Fresh Angles" (Recommended by ACFNY)

  • Helena Rubinstein Auditorium

THE AUDIOVISUAL MEMORY OF THE NAZI ERA remains vastly dominated by official images created by the Nazi propaganda machine. To address this shortcoming, the Museum collaborated with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute to highlight a collection of ephemeral films mostly shot by amateur filmmakers.

Ethel Merhaut in Concert (Recommended by ACFNY)
Oct
24
3:00 pm15:00

Ethel Merhaut in Concert (Recommended by ACFNY)

  • The Old American Can Factory

Ethel Merhaut presents a colorful International as well as Austrian-Yiddish program, which features famous operetta-arias like the "Vilja Lied" by Franz Lehar next to popular Viennese songs such as "In einem Café in Hernals" by Leopoldi. With the composers Kurt Weill and George Gershwin, a connection to America is made and Merhaut presents works by European immigrants, who had to redefine themselves in their new home. Additionally, guests can expect songs from known musicals.

Leopoldstadt meets Brooklyn (Recommended by ACFNY)
Oct
22
7:30 pm19:30

Leopoldstadt meets Brooklyn (Recommended by ACFNY)

  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Ethel Merhaut presents a colorful International as well as Austrian-Yiddish program, which features famous operetta-arias like the "Vilja Lied" by Franz Lehar next to popular Viennese songs such as "In einem Café in Hernals" by Leopoldi. With the composers Kurt Weill and George Gershwin, a connection to America is made and Merhaut presents works by European immigrants, who had to redefine themselves in their new home. Additionally, guests can expect songs from known musicals. 

Special military operation during natural disaster in Nepal 2014
Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

Special military operation during natural disaster in Nepal 2014

  • Gemeindezentrum der IKG

Univ. Prof. Dr. Arnold Pollak and Keren Hajessod Wien invite you to a speech by
Prim. Dr. Eran Tal-Or – head doctor of the trauma center in the Poriya Spital, Israel –
with a following dicussion on „Special military operation during the natural disaster in Nepal 2014”.

Center for Israel Studies: Israel and the new (dis)order in the Middle East
Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

Center for Israel Studies: Israel and the new (dis)order in the Middle East

  • Festsaal of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich is founding President of the Israel Institute, a Distinguished Global Professor at New York University, and Non-Resident Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy. He is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University and the University’s former President.

Post41. Reports from Litzmannstadt Ghetto
Sep
30
Mar 6

Post41. Reports from Litzmannstadt Ghetto

  • Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The exhibition “Post41” documents testimony from Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Postcards and diaries, extracts from the ghetto chronicle, and photos and film extracts form set pieces in the reconstruction of a story that basically cannot be told.

Wiesenthal in Vienna
Sep
21
May 8

Wiesenthal in Vienna

  • Jewish Museum Vienna Judenplatz

Simon Wiesenthal (1908–2005) played a leading role in facing up to the Nazi past and wrote an important chapter in aspects of Austria’s post-war history that some would have preferred to forget. For Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor born in Galicia, Vienna became the hub of an untiring search for justice.