Jewish Museum in Stockholm
Judiska museet
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Established1987
Visitors13 499 (2013)[1]
DirectorChristina Gamstorp[2]
Websitewww.judiska-museet.se

The Jewish Museum (in Swedish: Judiska museet) in Stockholm, Sweden,[3] is devoted to objects and environments related to Jewish religion, tradition, and history, particularly in connection to Judaism in Sweden.[4][5]

The Jewish Museum was founded by Viola and Aron Neuman in 1987, in an old rug warehouse in Frihamnen.[6] In 1992, the museum moved from Frihamnen to Vasastan,[6] where it was housed in a building at Hälsingegatan 2 that had been designed by Ragnar Östberg as a girls' school.[7]

In 2016 the museum moved once again, to new premises at Själagårdsgatan 19 in Gamla stan (Stockholm's "Old Town"), at the location of an 18th-century synagogue.[8] During renovations of the new site, curators used diagrams from 1811 to uncover 19th-century murals that had been covered with several layers of paint. Because most German-inspired synagogue art was destroyed by Nazis during the Second World War, the Stockholm murals are an important cultural resource.[2]

In 2019 it opened at its new Gamla Stan location.[6] After another closure, for coronavirus, it reopened in 2021 with a new exhibition of portraits, showing people who attended the Gamla Stan synagogue.[9]

In 1994, the museum became the first recipient of the Swedish Museum Association [sv] prize Museum of the Year.[10] According to the award's citation:[11]

Showing the positive as creative joy, art, and will to live in the fight against negative and dark forces makes the Jewish Museum an important player in the fight against ignorance, racism, and xenophobia. (Att visa det positiva som skaparglädje, konst och livsvilja i kampen mot negativa och mörka krafter gör Judiska Museet till en viktig aktör i kampen mot okunskap, rasism och främlingsfientlighet.)

References

  1. ^ Museer 2013 (PDF). Stockholm: Myndigheten för kulturanalys. 2014. p. 28. ISBN 9789187046155. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2016-08-19. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)
  2. ^ a b "Rare 19th-century murals discovered inside former synagogue in Sweden". The Times of Israel. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2021. The discovery was made during preparations for the reopening of Stockholm's Jewish museum at what used to be the Tyska Brunnsplan Synagogue, the Swedish capital's second Jewish house of worship. It had served as a synagogue for 80 years until 1870.
  3. ^ "Jewish Museum Stockholm". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ "The Jewish Museum". This is Stockholm – www.visitstockholm.com. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Jewish Museum in Stockholm". www.government.se. Government Offices of Sweden. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "The Jewish Museum in Stockholm". Robert Weil Family Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2021. he Jewish Museum in Stockholm was established in 1987 by Viola and Aron Neuman in Frihamnen. Exhibitions with reference to Jewish life were displayed in an old rug warehouse. In 1992, the museum moved to Hälsingegatan in Vasastan where it flourished for over 15 years. In spring 2019 the museum reopened in its new location on Själagårdsgatan in Gamla Stan, where from 1795 to 1870 was the home of Stockholm's synagogue.
  7. ^ "Nordvastra Vasastaden byggn inv 1989 06" (Northwest Vasastan building inventory, made in June 1989)
  8. ^ "Judiska museet flyttar till Gamla stan - DN.SE". DN.SE (in Swedish). 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  9. ^ "Judiska museet besjälas med porträttkonst (Jewish Museum sparkles with portrait art)". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 24 April 2021. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Årets museum (Museum of the Year)". Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Judiska museets historia"

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