Welcome to the Magnes!

Exhibitions, Programs, and 15,000 Objects from Around the World

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 following the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to the University of California, Berkeley. Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. As one of the world's preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting, it provides highly innovative and accessible resources to both researchers and the general public

The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

On View: 
Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017
Aug 29, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and associate it with words and imageries that evoke mystical powers, protective energy, and angels, as well as key places and characters in Biblical and Jewish history. 

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

On View: 
May 10, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017

 

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Sketching "Fiddler": Set Designs by Mentor Huebner

On View: 
Aug 29, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017

The holdings of The Magnes include a set of original and working copies of sketches and storyboard drawings created by Mentor Huebner for the 1971 feature film, Fiddler on the Roof, along with a small selection of set photographs. The film, directed by Norman Jewison, starred Chaim Topol in the title role, and was based on the stories by Sholem Aleichem (born Shalom Rabinovitz, 1859–1916), a founder of modern Yiddish literature.

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

On View: 
Aug 29, 2017 to Jun 29, 2018

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they were able to bring to Berkeley art and material culture from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.

MAGIC SPELLS: A Weekly Performance Series Featuring Victoria Hanna and Hebrew Amulets from The Magnes Collection

When: 
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Dec 05, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Meet Victoria Hanna and watch as she develops MAGIC SPELLS, a new performance repertoire based on Hebrew amulets in The Magnes Collection.

MAGIC SPELLS: A Weekly Performance Series Featuring Victoria Hanna and Hebrew Amulets from The Magnes Collection

When: 
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Dec 05, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Meet Victoria Hanna and watch as she develops MAGIC SPELLS, a new performance repertoire based on Hebrew amulets in The Magnes Collection.

MAGIC SPELLS: A Weekly Performance Series Featuring Victoria Hanna and Hebrew Amulets from The Magnes Collection

When: 
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 07, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tue, Dec 05, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Meet Victoria Hanna and watch as she develops MAGIC SPELLS, a new performance repertoire based on Hebrew amulets in The Magnes Collection.