Friday Heirloom 61: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris

Friday Heirloom 61: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris

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You can’t escape history.

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Cover Photo: Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (MAHJ) in Paris is a gem in the heart of the popular neighborhood “Marais”.

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Opened in 1998 in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, one of the finest mansions in the Marais quarter, the MAHJ’s collection now includes more than 12,000 works as well as many archive documents.

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As I learned during my visit on Wednesday, the museum is currently celebrating its 20 years of operations! Definitely another reason to check it out.

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One cannot help but notice the beautiful natural light throughout the staircase and the exhibition space, as well as the “red dots”, showing how much of the museum’s works have been donated by private collectors.

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The museum presents two thousand years of Jewish tradition in France, both in the hands of private and public stakeholders, in its unicity and diversity. This makes the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme a museum on Jewish culture and traditions open to all.

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The MAHJ recent acquired 435 prints and negatives of the Polish photographer Helmar Lerski, which are currently on show at the museum and trace the artist’s journey on the expressive possibilities of light. Learn more about the exhibition here.

The museum is also proud to offer visits in English every Sunday at 3pm until mid-August 2018, which is something worth your time while strolling through le Marais!

I’m sure you’ll find something you love at the MAHJ, just like I found these four sculptures by Michel Nedjar, created in 2009 and donated to the museum in 2014.

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For more information on the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, check out their website here. Happy Friday Heirloom!

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