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Belgian Jewry, in Posters

Posters can be a form of performance art. This is one conclusion to be drawn from “Public Notice: Jewish History in Posters,” a new exhibit at Brussels’ Jewish Museum of Belgium which opened June 18 and runs until October 3.

The items in the exhibit range from anonymous 19th century anti-Semitic images like The Wandering Jew, to bourgeois advertisements for a pharmacist’s shop and a cigar manufacturer.

As the posters progress, an art nouveau elegance gives way to a more modernist verve. An image announcing the First World Congress of Jewish Students in Antwerp in 1924 exudes an energy akin to classic 1920’s French posters advertising aperitifs and six-day bicycle races.

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