Top Photo: Jewish quarter with synangogue in Hohenems, Vorarlberg.
By böhringer friedrich - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5
2017 Cultural Events & Exhibitions in Austria
The exhibition presents the work of international artists who critically reflect and explore different aspects of the history and present of borders. Some of these borders are permeable and others fatal, some are visible and others reinforced by cultural codes, language tests and biometric markers. Borders determine life and death, defining “identity” and “otherness”. Located just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the “Old Rhine”, where in 1938 refugees tried to reach Switzerland, “Say Shibboleth!” explores the contentious history and present of border making and unmaking
Ever since the history of Jewish Vienna has been torn between repeated construction and destruction. On a guided tour through former Jewish Vienna between the Danube Canal and Judenplatz, we want to shed light on this interplay by commenting on individual stories, memorial plaques, buildings, squares, and institutions.
Leonard Bernstein, who was introduced to music in the synagogue of his childhood in Boston, studied at Harvard, and was based in New York, had a lifelong relationship with Vienna. From 1966 until his death in 1990 he returned on several occasions to work above all with the Vienna Philharmonic. As a Jew, Bernstein had an ambivalent relationship to this city.
The joint exhibition of the Jewish Museum Vienna and the Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam will explore Kabbalah in its widest sense: its historical developments including classical Kabbalah, early Jewish mysticism, practical Kabbalah and magic, as well as its modern offshoots in art and popular culture. The exhibition follows the traces and impacts the Kabbalah left in all forms of modern art (painting, sculpture and design), literature, film and music (classical, popular).
Kurt Klagsbrunn (1918–2005) was born 100 years ago in Floridsdorf. The son of a coal merchant and soccer official began studying medicine in Vienna before fleeing via Portugal to Brazil, where he turned his passion for photography into a career. The photographs that his nephew Victor Klagsbrunn has now donated to the Jewish Museum Vienna provide an insight into a dedicated and integrated Viennese Jewish suburban family who were forced to flee in 1938. Moreover, the exhibition presents an important, new visual addition to Viennese Jewish everyday history.