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!
Current and Planned Exhibitions
Organizer: , Brussels
Timeframe: 13 September 2020 – 20 june 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
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
Organizer: , Mechelen
Timeframe: 28 January 2021 – 7 December 2021
#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
De Tijd: ‚Zoveel talent verspild aan haat in plaats van liefde’ (27 January 2021)
Klara: Podcast Pompidou – Interview with Arthur Langerman, Tomas Baum and Veerle Vanden Daelen (8 February 2021)
LʼEcho: #Fake Images, la nouvelle expo à la Caserne Dossin, désamorce les stéréotypes (8 February 2021)
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.