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 Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.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 publicThe holdings of The Magnes continue to grow. In 2017, The Magnes established the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, and in 2018 it received the gift of the Roman Vishniac Archive

We are open to the public Tuesday - Friday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We are closed on the weekends, Mondays, and on University Holidays.

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

On View: 
Feb 26, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

When: 
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

On View: 
Feb 26, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

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

On View: 
Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018
Jan 29, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

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.

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

On View: 
Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018
Jan 29, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present.

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

On View: 
Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018
Jan 29, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

Souvenirs from Utopia: The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Early 20th-century Jerusalem

On View: 
Aug 27, 2019 to May 29, 2020

At the turn of the 20th century, under Ottoman rule, Jerusalem was rapidly developing into a center of Jewish cultural activities. The protagonists of this scene were, for the most part, recent East-European Jewish immigrants. They had been inspired to move to Palestine by the emerging Zionist movement, and were eager to shake off the oppressive conditions they had experienced under the Russian Empire.

The Sixteenth Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry

When: 
Sun, May 19, 2019 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Almog Behar is a poet, novelist, and critic. Born in 1978, Behar now lives in Jerusalem. He has published three books of poetry: Zim'on Be'erot (Well's Thirst, 2008), Chut Moshekh Min Ha-Lashon (A Thread Drawing from the Tongue, 2009) and Shirim Le-Asirei Batei-Ha-Sohar (Poems for the Prisoners, 2016); a collection of short stories, Ana Min Al-Yahoud (I am on one of the Jews, 2009); and one novel, Chahla ve-Hezkel (Rachel and Ezekiel, 2010) that was translated into Arabic and published in Cairo in 2016.

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

When: 
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

When: 
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

When: 
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm
Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

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Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations


2/26/2019 to 6/28/2019

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

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Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations


2/26/2019 to 6/28/2019

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations


2/26/2019 to 6/28/2019

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations


2/26/2019 to 6/28/2019

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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The Sixteenth Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry

The Sixteenth Annual Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the Teaching of Poetry

On Poetry and Translation Between Hebrew and Arabic: Almog Behar, Poet
Sun, May 19, 2019 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Almog Behar is a poet, novelist, and critic. Born in 1978, Behar now lives in Jerusalem. He has published three books of poetry: Zim'on Be'erot (Well's Thirst, 2008), Chut Moshekh Min Ha-Lashon (A Thread Drawing from the Tongue, 2009) and Shirim Le-Asirei Batei-Ha-Sohar (Poems for the Prisoners, 2016); a collection of short stories, Ana Min Al-Yahoud (I am on one of the Jews, 2009); and one novel, Chahla ve-Hezkel (Rachel and Ezekiel, 2010) that was translated into Arabic and published in Cairo in 2016.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

An International Conference
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm, Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Read More

 
In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

An International Conference
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm, Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Read More

 
In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)

An International Conference
Mon, May 20, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Tue, May 21, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm, Wed, May 22, 2019 9:00am to 5:00pm

In Global Transit Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s – 1960s)
May 20 – 22, 2019
German Historical Institute | Pacific Regional Office at the University of California, Berkeley
Second Conference in the Series “In Global Transit” organized by the German Historical Institutes in Washington and London
In cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung Branch Offices in Delhi and Beijing, 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; Francesco Spagnolo, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley; Swen Steinberg Queen's University, Kingston

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations


2/26/2019 to 6/28/2019

Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

Location: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016

I am delighted to share the wonderfully insightful reflection and writing of Isabel (Issy) Steckel (Wesleyan, 2019), this summer’s Social Media intern at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Issy, a Bay Area native, interested in all things art, Italy, and Jewish studies, dove in, head first to her position as Social Media intern. Her knowledge and expertise only served to garner more publicity for The Magnes, and to bolster our social media presence, tripling our follower count on Instagram.

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Over the course of this year, our Magnes Graduate Fellow, Yosef Rosen, in collaboration with our former Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) student, Zoe Lewin, worked extensively with The Magnes’s shiviti manuscript collection.

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016

I am delighted to share an essay by Lauren Cooper. Lauren, who is graduating from UC Berkeley this Spring, with a Major in Comparative Literature, and Minors in Spanish and History, has been involved with Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) that I direct at The Magnes for the last two years.

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015

Carla Shapreau, a faculty member at Berkeley Law whose research involves the Nazi-era plunder of musical cultural property and the restitution of those possessions, a senior fellow in the Institute of European Studies and a curator at the Department of Music, as well as a member of the Magnes Working Group on Mapping Diasporas, is the recipient with two co-authors of this year’s Claude V.

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015

Greg Niemeyer is Associate Professor of Art Practice and the Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media (bcnm.berkeley.edu). Born in Switzerland in 1967, he studied photography and classics, and received his MFA from Stanford, where he founded the Digital Art Center.