Oltre il ghetto. Dentro&Fuori

New exhibition "Beyond the Ghetto. Inside&Outside" at the MEIS National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah

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    Via Piangipane, 81 - Ferrara
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Starting with the first ghetto, which was established in Venice in 1516, followed by the one in Rome and other cities, the Jews had to cope with this limited and ambivalent place, which included them in the urban boundary but isolated them at the same time.

For almost three centuries this was the space in which the Jews cultivated their identity, on the one hand preserving the characteristics of a millenary culture, while on the other drawing from the world that opened up beyond that border: the continuous relationship between the "inside” and the “outside” of the ghetto marks the life of the Jews on their long journey towards emancipation. 

The exhibition and the catalogue are dedicated to this complex and articulated reality, which makes use of a very rich critical apparatus to address, from every angle – historical, artistic, sociological – a highly current issue: the concepts of resilience, integration, comparison between cultures, aspiration to be the same while remaining different, are themes that today's society continually re-proposes, likening them with the dilemma of the ghettos. 

The aim of the exhibition and publication is to understand its role in an identity perspective, which retraces this peculiar situation experienced by European Jews, and Italians in particular, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries in the belief that Jewish history can transmit universal values and provide useful tools for the present.


  • Via Piangipane, 81 - Ferrara
29 October 2021 - May 15, 2022
every day but monday
From Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00. The ticket office closes at 17.15.
Full ticket
€ 10,00
Reduced ticket
€ 8,00 (6-18 years-old, university students, MyFE Card owners)
children under the age of 6, persons with 100% disability and the person accompanying them, card-carrying journalists and tour guides, ICOM members and uniformed military personnel.
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