The National Library is going global with a broad range of partnerships that foster engagement with its extensive collections and highlight its evolution as a leading cultural center worldwide.
These burgeoning international collaborations increase global awareness of the Library and position the Library as a sought-after partner for institutions around the world.
National Library collection items will be featured in a number of prominent European venues in the coming months. An October exhibition at the Louvre on Medieval Morocco ("Le Maroc Médiéval (1053-1465)") will showcase the National Library’s autographed Rambam manuscript. In Vienna, the National Library has partnered with the Vienna Theatre Museum for an exhibition on Stefan Zweig
and his departure from Europe in the 1930’s. The Library was also invited to be the first in a series of world libraries invited to present a purely digital exhibition featuring treasures from our collections at the Casa del Lector, a leading cultural center in Madrid, in an exhibition entitled The National Library of Israel: A Memory Deposit
Closer to home, but with a European link is the National Library's partnership with Beit Hatfutsot
, The Diaspora Museum, in an exhibition entitled Dreyfus – The Story of a French Jewish Family
. The exhibition presents rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Library’s personal archive of Frenchman Alfred Dreyfus, whose victimization was an important catalyst in the development of Theodore Herzl’s Zionist ideology. National Library collection treasures have also been displayed at the Jewish Museums in Hohenems, Frankfurt and Munich, in an exhibition entitled "Treten Sie ein! Treten Sie aus
The National Library has a growing presence across the Atlantic as well. In Mexico, a compelling photography exhibition entitled Readers
that the Library commissioned from leading Israeli photographer Aliza Auerbach, has been on display at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. Due to the enthusiastic response the exhibition received, the hosts will fund the exhibition at four additional venues throughout Mexico. National Library items will form a significant part of a planned exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, "Jews and Medicine in Baltimore", scheduled for 2015. Looking forward, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has requested special National Library items for display in their 2016 exhibition "Jerusalem in the Middle Ages".
The National Library is honored to have the opportunity to share highlights from its collections with institutions around the world. Expect more to learn of more international partnerships as the National Library joins the ranks of world cultural institutions.