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Artist refugees and British art

14 December 2019 - 1 March 2020

Heinz Koppel (1919-1980), Sari, 1959. Tempera and oil on canvas, 153x102cm, private collection

Royal West of England Academy

This exhibition looks at how artist refugees in the last hundred years have been received and influenced British art. It reaches back to artists who escaped war in 1914 and forward to refugees in recent times but it focuses especially on European émigrés of the 1930s and 1940s who brought new ideas to places as diverse as Hampstead, Glasgow, Merthyr Tydfil and St Ives. Such artist refugees escaped dispossession, torture, intellectual oppression or war and often encountered critical hostility and isolation in their new country. Nevertheless, many had transformative effects on British contemporaries.

A substantial catalogue by Peter Wakelin will accompany the exhibition

Details

Start:
14 December
End:
1 March 2020
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Venue

Royal West of England Academy
Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1PX United Kingdom
Website:
www.rwa.org.uk

Organiser

Dr Peter Wakelin
Email:
peterwakelin@btinternet.com