The Jewish Museum: History and Memory, Identity and Art from Vienna to the Bezalel National Museum, Jerusalem Natalia Berger traces the history of the Jewish museum in its various manifestations in Central Europe, notably in Vienna, Prague and Budapest, up to the establishment of the Bezalel National Museum in Jerusalem. Accordingly, the book scrutinizes collections and exhibitions and broadens our understanding of the different ways that Jewish individuals and communities sought to map their history, culture and art. It is the comparative method that sheds light on each of the museums, and on the processes that initiated the transition from collection and research to assembling a type of collection that would serve to inspire new art.
Natalia Berger, Ph.D.(2006), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is an Independent Curator. She has published several books on different aspects of Diaspora Jewry, including
Where Cultures Meet (Beth Hatefutsoth, MOD Publishing House, 1990) and
Jews and Medicine, (Beth Hatefutsoth, 1995).
Table of contents
Acknowledgments List of Figures Introduction: Why Jewish Museums?
The Strauss Collection and the Anglo-Jewish Exhibition
Isaac Strauss and his Collection
The Historic Anglo-Jewish Exhibition in London, 1887
The Jewish Museums of Austria-Hungary: Vienna, Prague, and Budapest
Introduction: The Jewish Museum in Vienna
The Determining Factors in the Establishment of the Museum
The Jewish Museum of Vienna, 1895–1906
The Jewish Museum of Prague
The Jewish Museum of Budapest
From The Bezalel National Museum to The Israel Museum
To Realize a Dream: Boris Schatz and the Bezalel Museum in the Formative Years, 1906–12
The Years 1909–14
Boris Schatz’s Utopian Museum as Charted in his Book, Jerusalem Rebuilt
The Bezalel Museum in the Years following World War I, 1919–26
From The Bezalel National Museum to The Israel Museum: Mordechai Narkiss’s Vision and Achievements: 1932–1957
Conclusion Epilogue Bibliography Index
All interested in Jewish history, culture and art, and anyone concerned with the history of museums in general and Jewish museums in particular.