Ben Uri operates on a four year forward plan and has an exciting and diverse range of exhibitions in preparation that without us would not be seen in London or the United Kingdom.
The exhibitions cover contemporary, classic, individual artist retrospectives and themed group surveys, all accompanied by scholarly, accessibly-presented catalogues. They highlight artists from home and abroad and many of the exhibitions are designed to tour nationally and internationally. Our special focus – exploring and telling the story of émigré artists to London and the Jewish experience within – is prevalent within our overall remit of Art, Identity and Migration.
14 Nov 2014 – 22 Feb 2015
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This exhibition examines the work of five figurative artists working in Britain in the 1950s, who each had a strong identification with the place in which they chose to live and work and which formed, for a significant part of their careers, the primary focus of their practice.
Each associated themselves with a particular place: Eardley – Townhead in Glasgow; Fell, the mining community and landscape of her native Aspatria, Cumbria; Frankfurther – London's East End and its multi-cultural working-class communities; Herman – Ystradgynlais in South Wales with its indigenous mining community; and Lowry – his hometown of Manchester and its industrial, multi-peopled cityscape.
This exhibition links these five seemingly disparate artists by uncovering a network of relationships, both personal and professional, and their shared exploration of particular artistic concerns and motifs. This exhibition is one of the outcomes of the Eva Frankfurther Research and Curatorial Fellowship for the Study of Emigré Artists.
Art, Identity, Migration: 100 Years of Ben Uri in London 1915–2015
July – December 2015
To celebrate Ben Uri's foundation in 1915, this unique exhibition exploring the experience of identity and migration during the last century, also offers a rare chance to view many masterpieces from the museum's collection. Encompassing paintings, work on paper, sculpture, new media and archival pieces, the exhibition will explore related issues of historical and contemporary displacement and migration.
It will include not only world-class works by artists such as Auerbach, Chagall and Soutine, but also important examples of fine work by lesser-known emigrés who were not so fortunate in their careers for a variety of reasons often related to their migration and for whom Ben Uri provided an important exhibition platform.
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