Exhibitions

It is important to our founder Arthur Langerman that parts of his collection be exhibited regularly and in various locations, as a means of promoting a critical and reflective confrontation with the history and dangers of antisemitism. The images shall illustrate the scale of enmity towards Jews, serve as a warning and also raise awareness concerning the impact of visual propaganda methods. At the same time, it is essential to prevent antisemitic stereotypes from spreading as a result of poor contextualization or by placing too much value on museumization. In this sense, ALAVA is also committed to developing and disseminating new museological presentation forms, which are more important than ever in dealing with images that promote stereotypes.

Materials from the ALAVA collection can be borrowed for exhibition purposes. Interested museums, memorials, educational and other institutions are invited to contact us with ideas and concept proposals for exhibition projects. ALAVA functions as a point of contact and administrative body, coordinating inquiries and organizing loans. In addition to supporting others in developing exhibition concepts, ALAVA will design its own exhibitions.

I want my collection to be seen! I want people to see these images and understand what happened and could happen again!

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Our traveling exhibitions may be borrowed!

Our traveling exhibitions may be borrowed!

Arthur Langerman with a poster from the series “Musée des horreurs,” 2017

Current and Planned Exhibitions

The #FakeImages exhibition was first presented in 2021 by the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. It is based on a selection of unique documents, prints and objects from Arthur Langerman’s collection, showing the disconcerting evolution of antisemitic thinking in Europe. Visitors will find out how ‘the Jew’ has been presented down the centuries as an enemy and evil-doer and reflect on the effect propaganda and imagery have on us. What techniques are used the world over to manipulate people’s attitudes? And why are we so susceptible to them? Even more importantly, how can we react effectively to propaganda, ‘fake news’ and stereotypical images? More information here and here. The catalog can be purchased here. A selection of photos is available here. Please note the respective copyrights.

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Exhibition opening at the Mundaneum in Mons on 26 January 2024

© Pierre Wachholder, 2024
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Arthur Langerman visiting the exhibition

© Pierre Wachholder, 2024
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View of one of the exhibition rooms

© Pierre Wachholder, 2024
The exhibition reflects the relations between the Jews and the mainstream society in Karlsbad, Marienbad, and Franzensbad. The main emphasis is placed on the subject of Jewish spa guests. The exploration starts by the first documented accounts of Jewish guests at the spas at the beginning of the 17th century and ends in the autumn of 1938 with the Nazi occupation of the borderlands of Czechoslovakia and the Crystal Night. The West Bohemian spa resorts were considered the most luxurious therapeutic centres of Central Europe. The mainstream society perceived them as romantic and idyllic places. The reality, however, was somewhat different. The luxury and pomp of Karlsbad, Marienbad and Franzensbad concealed not only the everyday life and work of local residents but also various forms of antisemitism. Yet it was the Jews, including the Jewish spa guests, who contributed significantly to the development of the West Bohemian spa resorts. Follow this link for more information.  

The #FakeImages exhibition was first presented in 2021 by the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. It is based on a selection of unique documents, prints and objects from Arthur Langerman’s collection, showing the disconcerting evolution of antisemitic thinking in Europe. Visitors will find out how ‘the Jew’ has been presented down the centuries as an enemy and evil-doer and reflect on the effect propaganda and imagery have on us. What techniques are used the world over to manipulate people’s attitudes? And why are we so susceptible to them? Even more importantly, how can we react effectively to propaganda, ‘fake news’ and stereotypical images? More information here and here. The catalog can be purchased here. A selection of photos is available here. Please note the respective copyrights.

Exhibition Image 1Exhibition opening at the Museo del Holocausto in Buenos Aires on 6 May 2024
© Museo del Holocausto Buenos Aires, 2024

Exhibition Image 2View of one of the exhibition rooms
© Museo del Holocausto Buenos Aires, 2024

Exhibition Image 3View of one of the exhibition rooms
© Museo del Holocausto Buenos Aires, 2024

#FakeImages is a reduced version of the eponymous exhibition presented in 2021 by the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. It is based on a selection of unique documents, prints and objects from Arthur Langerman’s collection, showing the disconcerting evolution of antisemitic thinking in Europe. Visitors will find out how ‘the Jew’ has been presented down the centuries as an enemy and evil-doer and reflect on the effect propaganda and imagery have on us. What techniques are used the world over to manipulate people’s attitudes? And why are we so susceptible to them? Even more importantly, how can we react effectively to propaganda, ‘fake news’ and stereotypical images? More information here and in the press release from TU Berlin. A selection of photos is available here. Please note the respective copyrights.

Past Exhibitions

This traveling exhibition features caricatures and objects that Antwerp-born Arthur Langerman has been collecting for more than 50 years to raise awareness about antisemitism and keep alive the memory of the victims of the Shoah. In conjunction with the explanatory panels, the objects show the development of antisemitism from antiquity to the present day as well as its manifestation in, among other things, business and politics. The exhibition was realized in cooperation with the Arthur Langerman Foundation (Technische Universität Berlin), the Jewish Museum of Belgium, the Centre d’Action Laïque “de la Province de Luxembourg” and the Maison de la Laïcité “Victor Tedesco.” Please find out more on the following website.

 

Exhibition Image 1Graphic designer and scenographer Christian Israel setting up the exhibition
© Philippe Pierret, 2023

Exhibition Image 2View of one of the exhibition rooms
© Philippe Pierret, 2023

Exhibition Image 3View of one of the exhibition rooms
© Philippe Pierret, 2023

#FakeImages is a reduced version of the eponymous exhibition presented in 2021 by the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. It is based on a selection of unique documents, prints and objects from Arthur Langerman’s collection, showing the disconcerting evolution of antisemitic thinking in Europe. Visitors will find out how ‘the Jew’ has been presented down the centuries as an enemy and evil-doer and reflect on the effect propaganda and imagery have on us. What techniques are used the world over to manipulate people’s attitudes? And why are we so susceptible to them? Even more importantly, how can we react effectively to propaganda, ‘fake news’ and stereotypical images? More information here and in the press release from TU Berlin.

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The German Ambassador to the United Nations, Antje Leendertse, speaking at the opening of the exhibition on 25 January 2023

© UN Photo by Loey Felipe, 2023
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Curator Veerle Vanden Daelen in conversation with Arthur Langerman at the exhibition opening

© UN Photo by Loey Felipe, 2023
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The exhibition has been brought to the United Nations Headquarters on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th

© UN Photo by Loey Felipe, 2023
#Fake Images is a reduced version of the eponymous exhibition presented last year by the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen. It is based on a selection of unique documents, prints and objects from Arthur Langerman’s collection, showing the disconcerting evolution of antisemitic thinking in Europe. Visitors will find out how ‘the Jew’ has been presented down the centuries as an enemy and evil-doer and reflect on the effect propaganda and imagery have on us. What techniques are used the world over to manipulate people’s attitudes? And why are we so susceptible to them? Even more importantly, how can we react effectively to propaganda, ‘fake news’ and stereotypical images?  
Exhibition Image 1 Curator Veerle Vanden Daelen leads through the exhibition
© Ann-Katrin Kastberg, 2022
Exhibition Image 2 View of the exhibition in the Berlaymont building of the European Commission
© Ann-Katrin Kastberg, 2022
Exhibition Image 3 Arthur Langerman in conversation with the European Commission’s coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, Katharina von Schnurbein
© Ann-Katrin Kastberg, 2022
This exhibition is a production of the Arthur Langerman Foundation, which has its headquarters at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). It displays part of the collection of Arthur Langerman, a Jewish Belgian from Antwerp born during the Second World War who brought together more than 8.100 pieces related to antisemitism, including many posters, sculptures, paintings and postcards. The images selected for the exhibition in Luxembourg will allow the public to become aware of the visual impact of propaganda. The exhibition shows how Jews were portrayed visually from the Middle Ages to the present day. MemoShoah Luxembourg had two additional panels made by historian Renée Wagener displaying antisemitic texts and images from the 19th to the 21st century that she found in her research in Luxembourg.

For more information: https://www.neimenster.lu/en/events/plume-de-fiel/

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Arthur Langerman opens the exhibition

© Angelika Königseder, 2022
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Arthur Langerman opens the exhibition

© Angelika Königseder, 2022
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Uffa Jensen, scientific director of the ALAVA team, and Paul Nemitz, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees, at the opening of the exhibition

© Angelika Königseder, 2022
For those who had looked into the abyss of the all-destroying fire, Knokke became their first post-war holiday resort, a sounding board for emotional memories. Monsieur Motke Weinberger, a Jewish pastry chef who was active in the resistance and saved countless lives, took care of that. After WWII he built the Grand Hôtel in Knokke into a meeting place for the Antwerp Jews.

This exhibition not only offers you an insight into the life of Motke Weinberger and a look at one of the iconic hotels in Knokke-Heist, but also shows some unique anti-Semitic cartoons from the collection of Arthur Langerman.

The free exhibition can be viewed from May 5 until June 18 in the Scharpoord library, Maxim Willemspad 1, 8300 Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

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Curator Rosine De Dijn (center) and Arthur Langerman (right) at the opening of the exhibition on 4 May 2022

© Angelika Königseder, 2022
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Exhibition showcase with utensils from the Grand Hôtel in Knokke as well as publications from the curator

© Angelika Königseder, 2022
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The exhibition featured a showcase with antisemitic postcards from the Langerman Collection

© Angelika Königseder, 2022

From 15 October 2021 to 3 June 2022, the Jewish Museum of Belgium is presenting its new educational project “Caricatured Images of Jews Throughout History. Outline of an Unusual Collection.”

Through an overview of the extraordinary collection assembled by Arthur Langerman, a Belgian from Antwerp, who was born in the middle of the Second World War, it gives an insight into the collective madness that is visual antisemitism, a phenomenon that is followed across different continents and over several centuries. From pagan and religious anti-Judaism to social and political antisemitism, this didactic project presents a new and striking look at the representation of Jews from the Middle Ages to the present day and the stereotypes attached to them.

The presentation of facsimiles is made up of paintings, engravings, wooden statuettes, photographs, archives, posters, postcards, as well as unusual objects such as beer mugs, coin banks, enameled signs, ashtrays, and matchboxes. While offering images from all over the world, the designers have chosen to put a particular focus on “Belgian” illustrations: from the alleged desecration of the hosts in Brussels (1370) to the textile vignettes made by some of the actors of the Aalst Carnival.

The panels are accompanied by objects and archival material from the collections of the Jewish Museum of Belgium. Finally, a video module dedicated to the collector Arthur Langerman offers a glimpse into his personal history, shedding light on his atypical career and his motivation, driven by the duty to remember.

The Jewish Museum of Belgium is presenting this project as part of its Educational Service, which has been approved by the Democracy or Barbarism department of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Through guided tours, the educational service proposes to examine the use of stereotypes, yesterday and today. Our “Let’s meet a Jew” workshops, in particular the activity “Myths and Stereotypes,” will be offered in conjunction with this educational exhibition and includes the possibility of organizing a meeting with a witness of the Shoah.

For more information: https://www.mjb-jmb.org/regards-sur-limagerie-caricaturale-des-juifs-dans-lhistoire-esquisse-dune-collection-insolite/

#Fake Images: Unmask the Dangers of Stereotypes sets out to demonstrate the effect propaganda and imagery have on us. What techniques are used the world over to manipulate people’s attitudes? And why are we so susceptible to them? Even more importantly, how can we react effectively to propaganda, ‘fake news’ and stereotypical images? The approach Kazerne Dossin has chosen to take, based on its own DNA, is that of antisemitism, because we know from research and news reports that antisemitic ideas and conspiracy theories continue to thrive. Building on the exhibition Dessins assassins ou la corrosion antisémite en Europe (Heinous Cartoons or the Antisemitic Corrosion in Europe) recently mounted by the Caen Memorial Museum, Kazerne Dossin is presenting a selection of unique documents, prints and objects from Arthur Langerman’s collection, showing the disconcerting evolution of antisemitic thinking in Europe. Visitors will find out how ‘the Jew’ has been presented down the centuries as an enemy and evil-doer and reflect on the inescapable question: how is it possible that people have put up with such recognizable myths and conspiracy theories for so long? For more information: https://fakeimages.be/?lang=en
Exhibition Image 1 Arthur Langerman in front of the antisemitic children’s book “Der Giftpilz” (1938) by Ernst Hiemer
© Bas Bogaerts, 2021
Exhibition Image 2 View of one of the exhibition rooms
© Sacha Kleinblatt, 2021
Exhibition Image 3 Interactive modules are an important element of the exhibition
© Sacha Kleinblatt, 2021
The exhibition Plume de fiel, Images de haine. Esquisse d’une collection insolite (Venomous Pens, Images of Hatred. An Overview of an Unusual Collection) is being conceived at the request of the Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif (Brussels) as part of the homage to be paid to the collector Arthur Langerman, elected “Mensch de l’année 2020”(“Mensch of the Year, 2020”) for his tireless commitment in the duty of memory of antisemitic persecution and transmission of this knowledge to the young generation. The various images selected from the collection provide a glimpse of the collective madness of visual antisemitism, a centuries-old and global phenomenon. Although the designers have chosen to focus on “Belgian” illustrations, the public will also discover images from all geographical origins illustrating the general concepts and the different currents of antisemitism. A video module, entirely dedicated to the collector, offers to discover snippets of his personal history providing insights into an atypical journey and the motivation deployed throughout the process of acquiring the works. For more information: cclj.be/agenda/exposition-plume-fiel-images-haine-esquisse-collection-insolite  
Exhibition Image 1 Arthur Langerman and Nicolas Zomersztajn with the “Mensch de l’année 2020” certificate
© Noé David, 2020
Exhibition Image 2 Exhibition opening on 13 September 2020
© Noé David, 2020
Graphic designer and scenographer Christian Israel setting up the exhibition
© Philippe Pierret, 2020

The exhibition MONOCULTURE A Recent History begins from the principle that any understanding of ‘multiculture’, should necessitate an investigation of ‘monoculture’. The societal understanding of monoculture can be defined as the homogeneous expression of the culture of a single social or ethnic group. The project seeks to approach the notion of monoculture with an open mind. It will thus aim for an analysis of, rather than an antithesis to, monoculture, approaching it not only from historical, social, cultural and ideological perspectives, but also philosophical, linguistic and agricultural ones. MONOCULTURE will provide a tentative mapping, allowing for a comparative analysis of different manifestations of monoculture, as well as their reflections in art and propaganda, seeking to draw some conclusions that might be relevant for society and culture at large.

For more information: https://www.muhka.be/programme/detail/1439-monoculture-a-recent-history

Exhibition Catalogues

Kazerne Dossin (ed.), #FakeImages. Unmask the Dangers of Stereotypes, Berlin 2022.

Angelika Königseder/Carl-Eric Linsler/Philippe Pierret (eds.), Arthur Langerman – Mensch de l’année 2020. Documentation of the Awards Ceremony and Catalog for the Exhibition “Poison Pens, Images of Hatred. Extracts from an Unusual Collection” (13 September 2020 – 20 June 2021, Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif, Brussels) [in English, French and German], Berlin 2022.

Mémorial de Caen (ed.), Dessins assassins ou la corrosion antisémite en Europe, 1886–1945. Collection d’Arthur Langerman, Paris 2018. Collection d’Arthur Langerman, Paris 2018.

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