Top Photo: Jewish quarter with synangogue in Hohenems, Vorarlberg.
By böhringer friedrich - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5
Jewish Cultural Events & Exhibitions in Austria, 2016-2017
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.
The way to extermination began in the middle of the city. The exhibition "last places before deportation - Kleine Sperlgasse, Castellezgasse, Malzgasse" reconstructs and conveys these almost forgotten last places before Deportation.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.