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.
African Artists: Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy (SFIP)
More information about the SFIP Video Art from Africa and accompanying "Shell Amateurs" photography exhibitions.
13 – 30 March 2014
The 'Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy' Project (SFIP) is a multi-national exhibition process and a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art. From experimental video to short film, this programme focuses on aesthetic and methodological perspectives of fighting ignorance and intellectual perfidy in contemporary African art.
The exhibition features the following artists: Said Afifi (Morocco) | Nirveda Alleck (Mauritius) | Jude Anogwih (Nigeria) | Younes Baba-Ali (Morocco) | Rehema Chachage (Tanzania) | Saidou Dicko (Burkina Faso) | Ndoye Douts (Senegal) | Kokou Ekouagou (Togo) | Mohamed El Baz (Morocco) | Samba Fall (Senegal) | Dimitri Fagbohoun (Benin) | Wanja Kimani (Kenya) | Nicene Kossentini (Tunisia) | Kai Lossgott (South Africa) | Michele Magema (D.Congo) | Nathalie Mba Bikoro (Gabon) | Victor Mutelekesha (Zambia) | Johan Thom (South Africa) | Saliou Traoré (Burkina Faso) | Guy Woueté (Cameroon) | Ezra Wube (Ethiopia).
Roman Halter (1927-2012) Through the Lens of Stained Glass
10 April – 8 June 2014 (Reception Thursday, 10 April)
Holocaust survivor, architect and artist; Halter's extraordinary life is presented through the prism and practice of his art and continued use of stained glass as his distinctive structure.
Suzanne Perlman: London
29 April – 17 May 2014
Suzanne Perlman paints as vigorously and ambitiously as she did whilst studying under Kokoschka. The exhibition unveils a unique series of views of London which Perlman has been working on over the past twenty years.
To be held at 28 Cork Street, London W1.
Max Weber, Paris and London: A Cross-cultural Dialogue
24 Jun – 5 Oct
Although widely-known in America, this exhibition examines for the first time Russian-American artist Max Weber's influence in a European context, particularly his crucial role in the cross-cultural dialogue between Paris and London. The exhibition draws on a little-known collection of 14 innovative Weber paintings, c. 1909-14, from the University of Reading, never previously exhibited in its entirety. It explores Weber's formative years in Paris, studying under Henri Matisse and befriending Henri 'Le Douanier' Rousseau, and goes on to examine how Weber's work was disseminated among and influenced the British avant-garde. It will also include work by his peers: American emigre photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn, and painters Vanessa Bell, Frederick Etchells, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, CRW Nevinson and Wyndham Lewis.
Spirit of Place: Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry
13 Nov 2014 – 22 Feb 2015
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, the Gorbals 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 Emigre Artists.
Ben Uri Centenary Exhibition 100/100: Uncovering a Century of Art, Identity and Migration
1 Jul - 1 Oct 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 masterpieces from the museum's collection. Encompassing paintings, work on paper, sculpture, new media and archival pieces, 100/100 will showcase 100 works for 100 years, exploring 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 emigres 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.