Jews in Tuscany in the 20th and 21st centuries
The exhibition will examine one hundred years of Jewish life in Tuscany and the links between these communities and the rest of the Jewish world in Italy, as well as in Europe, the Mediterranean, and further abroad. The project, spearheaded by the Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea di Livorno (Institute of the History of the Resistance and of Contemporary Society in the Province of Livorno, ISTORECO) is funded by Regione Toscana.
The importance of Jewish culture in the region’s history is connected to a widespread, diverse network of Jewish communities, ranging from the one in Livorno (unquestionably the largest) to the one in Florence, and after them, in terms of economic and cultural importance, those of Pisa, Siena, Viareggio, and the small settlement of Pitigliano, without forgetting the small family groups in other towns, like the Nunes family in Piombino, the Bemporad family in Rosignano and the Finzi family in Anghiari. Each community, through its members, has ties to the rest of the world. Some families come from the Sephardic emigration of the 16th century, others from Latin America, others from around the Mediterranean. Each community is also connected in various ways to the Zionist tradition in Italy and abroad, to cultural movements in the rest of the country, and to the major ideologies of the twentieth century.
The exhibition will be made up of panels, multimedia installations, photographs, documents (including family documents), and audio and video recordings. It will be in two languages, Italian and English, and will be aimed at specialists but also at the general public; at adults, but also at young people from Italy and abroad.
The exhibition at the Granai di Villa Mimbelli, Via San Jacopo in Acquaviva, Livorno, continues until 1st May 2017. FREE ADMISSION
Opening times: daily 10am-1pm & 4-7pm (closed on 3rd, 10th and 24th April)