students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
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A message from Director John Efron

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What's On at The Magnes

Exhibitions and Public Programs that foster community, learning, and deeper understanding.

Mendelssohn

The Magnes Collection

The material culture of Jewish life throughout history and across the globe.

Power of Attention Exhibition

Research at The Magnes

Explore the archives, library, exhibitions, and holdings on site and online.

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Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley

Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley

“Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley” adds a new dimension to the Berkeley experience. In this retrospective of ten exhibitions over the past decade, the global migrations of Jewish life and culture echoes the diversity cultures on the university campus. The deep historical roots of tradition expressed through art and the objects of material culture enhances the understanding of past and present. The exhibition suggests the depth of age and the breath of change that have shaped contemporary Jewish life and the universality of Jewish values.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Backstage at The Magnes | November 10, 2021

Led by curatorial staff, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley opens its doors for a behind the scenes view of our exhibitions and holdings.

Nov 10 @ 11:00 am

Discover the unexpected at The Magnes

Textiles

Torah Ark curtain

Torah Ark Curtains

Textiles created to cover and adorn the Torah Ark.

Texts

Karaite Canon manuscript

The Karaite Canon

Manuscripts from Cairo, Egypt

Images

Painting [2014.2.1]: Portrait of David Hofstein, by M. Vaisberg (Ukraine, 1988)

Portraiture

Works by Ukrainian artist, Matvey Vaisberg.

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Latest News

News about The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Learn about exhibitions, programs and events, collection highlights, and read Confluence, The Magnes newsletter.

In Real Times Exhibition headed to The National WWII Museum

In Real Times Exhibition headed to The National WWII Museum

The Magnes is excited to announce its exhibition, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951), created to showcase the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, will be traveling to The National WWII Museum from September of 2022 to May of 2023. As The...

The Magnes Collection launches new website

The Magnes Collection launches new website

BERKELEY —  UC Berkeley’s The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life launches its newly redesigned website, magnes.berkeley.edu. “This gorgeous new website is a perfect complement to the exquisite treasures that make up The Magnes Collection,” says John Efron,...

A message from Director John Efron

A message from Director John Efron

Old papers, dusty books, photographs of long-forgotten people and events never cease to excite my imagination. Even after decades as a scholar and researcher, untangling the past never bores me. However, I must admit that until I became the director of The Magnes...