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The Magnes is saddened to report the passing of Leo Helzel at age 101. Leo led an exemplary life as entrepreneur, attorney, author, educator, philanthropist, community leader, family man, and more. He was an inspiration to all of us. A fuller depiction of Leo’s life can be found here.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life will be closed on Friday, March 29, 2019 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00 AM.
The Magnes is closed for Winter Break from December 15, 2018-January 28, 2019. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Read Berkeley News announcement of the gift of the Roman Vishniac Archive to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
May 19-22, 2019
Conference at GHI West and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Conveners: Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington/GHI West, UC Berkeley), Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes, UC Berkeley), Swen Steinberg (University of Dresden)
In cooperation with India Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation, New Delhi (Indra Sengupta, Razak Khan) and China Branch Office of the Max Weber Foundation, Beijing (Max Jacob Fölster
Jerusalem based artist, Victoria Hanna, is a world-renowned composer, creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language. The daughter of an ultra-orthodox rabbi, she has been greatly influenced by her childhood environment. In her work, she deploys a variety of vocal techniques in the performance of ancient and modern Hebrew texts, among them Sefer Yetzirah ("Book of Creation"), an early Kabbalistic treatise.
Largest single monetary gift to acquire art in UC Berkeley history brings work of major 20th century artist to campus
BERKELEY -- The extensive body of work of an artist and illustrator whose subjects spanned some of the most profound events of the 20th century will be available to the world in a public institution for the first time, thanks to a $10.1 million gift from Bay Area-based Taube Philanthropies to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley. The Taube grant is the largest single monetary gift to acquire art in the history of the campus.
This gift provides students, scholars, and the public access to the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jewish artist and political caricaturist who ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Szyk used motifs drawn from the Bible, history, politics, and culture to pair extraordinary craftsmanship with insightful commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the founding of the State of Israel, the American War of Independence, World War II, and the Holocaust.
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students, visiting artists and other notable guests will present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. One speaker and one object at a time, these “flash” exhibitions will include the opportunity to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close.
The Magnes is closed for Thanksgiving Break, Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25.
The Magnes is closed for Veteran's Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
Learn all about the collection items, research, and public programs and exhibitions at The Magnes in our fall 2016 newsletter,
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive -- which stores a selection of audiovisual materials from The Magnes Collection, joined Curator Francesco Spagnolo and colleagues from the Digital Humanities community at UC Berkeley for a "behind the scenes" tour.
360-degree image created by Professor Greg Niemeyer, Director, Berkeley Center for New Media:
Exhibitions, Programs, and 17,000 Objects from Around the World
A year-long series on Israeli cinema, co-presented by the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. All programs begin at 6 p.m., include a reception and are free and open to the public.
In the fall, the screenings will be devoted to a retrospective of (1964-2016), an actress famous for her cinematic roles portraying the experience of Mizrachi Jewish women in Israeli society and on the Israeli screen. In the spring, the series will move thematically through key moments in Israeli history, society, and culture to examine the potential of Israeli cinema to tug at the intersections of art and society.
Fall 2016 PopUp Exhibitions Series