Migrations: Masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection
2 October 2019 - 28 January 2020Free
Ben Uri at Museum of Gloucester, Gloucester
In partnership with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), the Museum of Gloucester has brought Migrations: Masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection to the city.
Ben Uri is delighted to be working in partnership with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), The Museum of Gloucester and Gloucester City Council to present the exhibition Migrations: Masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection. This important exhibition marks two significant anniversaries: the twentieth year of refugee organisation GARAS and the introduction of the Kindertransport which, between December 1938 and September 1939, brought some 10,000 Jewish refugee children to Britain.
Migrations presents paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Ben Uri Collection exploring three principal waves of migration to Britain: the first, reflects the years, c. 1880-1910, when immigrants of principally Jewish Eastern-European descent, settled in London’s East End, including Ben Uri’s founder Russian-Jewish émigré Lazar Berson, and members of the home-grown ‘Whitechapel Boys’, among them painters David Bomberg and Mark Gertler, and sculptor Jacob Epstein.
The second wave reflects the artistic contribution of the so-called ‘Hitler-émigrés’, who between 1933 and 1945, fled racial, artistic or political persecution in their native lands. This included both established artists, such as Martin Bloch, Hugo Dachinger and Margaret Marks, and younger refugees who went on to train and work in Britain, including Frank Auerbach and Eva Frankfurther, and Kindertransportees Kathe Strenitz and Harry Weinberger.
The third wave reflects contemporary migration, with artists including painter Tam Joseph, photographer/performance artist Güler Ates and collagist Hormazd Narielwalla.
Private View: 6.30-8.00pm, 3 October 2019