Temporary Exhibitions

Genizot: Repositories of Memory

October 18, 2014 to February 8, 2015
Royal Ontario Museum
Samuel European Galleries,  Level 3

Genizot is presented in conjunction with Holocaust Education Week and created by Toronto-based author and artist Bernice Eisenstein (HEW 2014 Artist-in-Residence)

Bernice Eisenstein Accordion BookThe word geniza comes from the Hebrew root g-n-z, originally meant “to hide” or “to put away.”  A space for repository, what is placed there is also an archive—one of memory and of time that has passed. Traditionally, genizot were temporary spaces for storing worn-out Hebrew language books and papers of religious content and topics as it is forbidden to discard writings containing the name of G-d.  Genizot were commonly found in the attics of synagogues, but also located within walls or underground. The contents were periodically gathered and then buried in a cemetery, so that their gradual disintegration was a natural progression.

This site-specific installation takes the idea of the geniza and looks through it as a prism for considering and exploring the many ways in which memory works and where it is placed.

Eisenstein’s paintings, as well as the objects found or created by the artist, resonate with multiple meanings as they challenge us to consider our own repositories of memory. The objects relate to the theme of memory, what is hidden and found, kept and stored. 

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Previous Exhibitions

To Me There Is No Other Choice: Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012

January 2013
This exhibition presented the inspiring story of Sweden's Wallenberg and his role in saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust.

Silk Stones: Works by Rochelle Rubinstein

October-November 2012
Rubinstein blends biblical narratives, cultural legends, liturgy and poetry with her own personal stories to create abstracted yet recognizable images of family, community and history. Two pieces repurpose aerial photographs of Auschwitz-Birkenau into haunting, semi-recognizable images.

Icons of Loss: The Art of Samuel Bak

March-April 2012
The first major exhibition of Bak's work in Canada, this exhibit consisted of several dozen paintings, many based upon the iconic 1943 photograph depicting a little boy at gun point during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Janusz Korczak and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto

November 2011
This exhibit presented the story of Dr. Janusz Korczak, a Polish-Jewish author, pediatrician and educator, and his courageous actions and self-sacrifice in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman

May 2011
Torontonian Faye Schulman’s photographs were accompanied by her detailed firsthand account of surviving the Holocaust as a Jewish partisan and photographer.