Since its opening in 1998, the mahJ has enriched its collections through numerous donations and an active policy of purchases, sometimes supported by public subscriptions. Discover the most recent acquisitions.
The museum's acquisition policy is a strategic activity for the mahJ's curators: it makes it possible to enhance collections in which the museum already has a reference collection or to fill gaps in order to better cover its vast field of expertise: the cultures of Judaism from Antiquity to the present day, in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean region, in which France plays an essential part.
Acquisitions are classified into four areas: Judaica, historical collections, photographic collections and fine arts.
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For your information, the definitive registration of a work in the inalienable inventory of French museums cannot be made before the agreement of a commission of experts convened by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles.
In 2021, the mahJ collections were enriched by some 180 entries, including 136 donations. Thisincludes 27 works of art including the Jewish Synod convened in Paris in 1807, a major painting by Edouard Moyse, 4 albums and 20 photographic prints, 57 judaica or ethnographic objects and 71 drawings, books or historical documents.
The year 2020 was marked by the entry of nearly 500 works or objects: 40 works of modern or contemporary art, 79 photographic prints, 46 judaica and some 340 historical pieces. This exceptional number can be explained in particular by the acquisition by subscription of more than 200 sketches by Maurice Feuillet produced during the Zola (1898) and Dreyfus (1899) trials and the donation of 130 posters in favor of the Jews of the Soviet Union.
In 2019, the mahJ’s collections were enhanced by one hundred and eleven artworks and artefacts: 84 donations (including 73 works on paper from Galerie Jacquester donated by Esther Topiol), 4 permanent loans by the Consistoire israélite de la Moselle and 23 purchases: a portfolio of drawings by Issachar Ryback and three small pictures by Alice Halicka at the Millon auction on 26 June 2019 and 19 objects at the Ader-Nordmann auction on 19 December 2019.