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November 2019

Refugee Art Dealers in Britain: Lectures and Round Table

2 November 2:30 pm
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3EE United Kingdom
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£10 – £15

The aim of this event is to explore the experiences, impact and significance of those art dealers who fled Nazi Europe and set up in the UK before or during the Second World War. In line with other aspects of culture and enquiry at this time, this experience of dislocation changed the art world significantly as well as the status of particular artists and artistic movements, opening up channels for the dissemination of the new trends of the 1920s and 1930s. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, this event will combine short papers by experts in the field and a panel discussion which will contextualize the experiences and achievements of those who lived through these dramatic times.

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Tour & Talk: Mendelsohn’s De La Warr Pavilion

3 November
De La Warr Pavilion, Marina
Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP United Kingdom
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£5

This will be a special extended tour with a talk by Graham Whitham on Erich Mendelsohn’s life and legacy. A refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Erich Mendelsohn had already established an international reputation when he won the commission led by the 9th Earl De La Warr to design a new Pavilion for Bexhill.  

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Being Second Generation: with Gaby Glassman

3 November 11:00 am
JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road
London, NW3 6ET United Kingdom
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£9

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, children of survivors and refugees will explore together how it has affected their lives. This workshop will be led by Gaby Glassman, a psychologist and psychotherapist who has facilitated second generation and intergenerational groups in the UK and abroad since the 1980s.

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Four Parts of a Folding Screen

3 November 8:30 pm
Close-Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street
London, E1 6HR United Kingdom
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£12

Based on documents found in Berlin archives, Four Parts of a Folding Screen explores exclusion, statelessness and the legalised theft and sale of everyday family possessions by the National Socialist regime. We're pleased to welcome Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin to present their film alongside Peter Todd's a spoon, and Martin Brady will be in conversation with the filmmakers following the screening.

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Innovation & Acculturation: The Émigré Art Historians and Britain

5 November - 6 November
Queen Mary, University of London, 404 Bancroft Road
London, E1 4DH United Kingdom
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Free

The conference aims to reappraise and – where appropriate – to challenge the received narrative about the history of art history in Britain. It will seek to re-evaluate just how ‘German’ British art history became between 1920 and 1970, and to explore the interactions with neighboring disciplines, such as Medieval History and Classics.

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Insiders/Outsiders: The Concert

10 November
New North London Synagogue, 80 East End Road
London, N3 2SY United Kingdom
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For this concert, Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ will work with the community at the New North London Synagogue to celebrate the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture through music.

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Night Train to Munich: CineClub

12 November 7:00 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum London, 28 Rutland Gate
London, SW7 1PQ United Kingdom
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Based on Murray Forbes’ story of the same title, the film follows John Muller (Paul Henreid) on his escape from mobsters out of the frying pan into the fire. The protagonist’s cynical view of human blindness provides for quite an ironic and surprising ending to this true noir.

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Refugee Sculptors

13 November
University of London Senate House, Room 243, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Free

Lecture given by member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, based at the Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London

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Milein Cosman and her friendship with Kyffn Williams

14 November 7:30 pm
Keats Community Library, 10 Keats Grove
London, NW3 2RR United Kingdom
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£10

This talk by Dr Ines Schlenker will explore their days at the Slade and traces Cosman’s post-war career in London that led to a co-operation with Williams on an arts programme for ITV and the creation of each other’s portraits in the early 1960s.

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Making Theatre in Exile

14 November 8:30 pm
The Hampstead Jazz Club, Duke of Hamilton Pub, 23-25 New End Road
London, NW3 1JD United Kingdom
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Free

Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs and letters, the theatre group brings to life the little-known story of the Laterndl Theatre in Hampstead, established by a group of exiled actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War. Rekindling the Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they reflect on their new surroundings and hopes for the future and bring a beacon of light to the 30,000-strong traumatised refugee community.

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A Walk through Highgate: Experiments in Urban Living

16 November
Opposite the Woodman Pub, Archway Road
London, Highgate N6 5UA United Kingdom
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£12

Discover some of Highgate's twentieth century housing developments in this historic walk through Highgate.

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The Ballad of the Cosmo Café

16 November
St Peter’s Church Hall, Belsize Square, Belsize Park
London, NW3 4HJ United Kingdom
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£16

An imagined immersive ‘singspiel’ recreating this much-loved café in Finchley Road, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Belsize Park. Based on selected memories and stories from the Cosmo research group and translated into lyrics by the Cosmo writers group.

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