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Portrait of Richard Krautheimer, Rome 1991 © Ingrid von Kruse

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Jewish Art Historians in Munich

October 6, 2010 through March 6, 2011Exhibition in the Study Area at the Jewish Museum Munich

October 6 through December 12, 2010 (Part 1)
December 14, 2010 through March 6, 2011 (Part 2)


In this exhibition, art historians in Munich trace the varied lives and the fates of an earlier generation. As part of the doctorate program “Exhibition Concept, Design, and Mediation,” we have researched the biographies of 20 Jewish art historians who had links with Munich.

Some of them came to the city to study, others became established professionally in various art-historical institutions or worked in the art business.  They all shared the same fate of having to leave their heimat after the National  socialists seized power. In foreign exile, they faced the challenge of having to  build up a new existence. After World War II, some returned to Germany while  others chose to remain in the countries where they had settled.

With this exhibition, the students want to draw attention to a generation of  Jewish art historians and the stories of their lives, their work, and their contribution to art history.

As Jews, they were excluded from German history; as art historians we would  like to draw them back into the collective memory of our specialist field. All of  them made a valuable contribution to art history in their areas of research,  which we are reminded of here in this exhibition.

Working Group “Jewish Art Historians in Munich", Department of Art History, University of Munich



Guidance: Jutta Fleckenstein, Dr. Christian Fuhrmeister, Bernhard Purin und Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem


Project Group: Lena Balun, Judith Csiki, Claudia Hahn, Sebastian Jung,  Claudia Kapsner, Lisa Kolb, Anna Messner, Nele Putz, Christiane Schachtner, and Sandra Steinleitner