Lives Lost and Regained: Émigré Art Collections at Tate Archive
Tate Britain, London
1 November 12:00 pm
This ‘Show and Tell’ event celebrates the halfway mark of a major project – generously funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust – to catalogue and digitise three émigré collections. They comprise the extensive papers of art historian, J. P. Hodin, the sketchbooks of artist Jankel Adler and the family papers of curator and publisher, David Mayor. A short talk will be given by Archive Curator Peter Eaves, and a range of material displayed from these and other collections.
Refugee Art Dealers in Britain: Lectures and Round Table
2 November 2:30 pm
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
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.
Lucie Rie: Ceramics and Buttons
Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery
Until 3 November
The ceramics and buttons produced by Lucie Rie, one of the most respected potters of the 20th century, are on show in this major exhibition.
Marie Neurath: Picturing Science
House of Illustration, London
Until 3 November
Picturing Science tells the story of Marie Neurath, an émigré graphic designer and author, who led a team at the Isotype Institute that produced over 80 illustrated children’s books from 1944 to1971. The pioneering collaboration between researchers, artists and writers produced infographics and illustrated diagrams to explain scientific concepts.
Friedrich Nagler: A Personal Mythology
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
Until 5 November
A Personal Mythology celebrates the extraordinary work of self-taught Jewish artist Friedrich Nagler, who fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938.
Innovation & Acculturation: The Émigré Art Historians and Britain
Queen Mary, University of London
5 and 6 November
This 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.
Margaret Gardiner – A Life of Giving
The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
Until 9 November
Margaret Gardiner was born on 22 April 1904. Based in Hampstead, she was an early activist against fascism and war, and in 1936 became honorary secretary of For Intellectual Liberty, a rallying point throughout the Second World War for writers, artists and academics in active defence of peace, liberty and culture.
Great British Jews: A Celebration
Jewish Museum, London
Until 10 November
This playful exhibition celebrates the huge contribution that Jews have made to this country across a variety of cultural, scientific and commercial fields.
Insiders/Outsiders: The Concert performed by Ensemble Émigré
10 November, at 7.30pm, pre-concert talk at 6.30pm
New North London Synagogue, London
For this concert, Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ, based at the Royal College of Music, and part of Singing a Song in a Foreign Land, 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.
Chamber music and songs by Hans Gál, Egon Wellesz, Franz Reizenstein, Walter Bergmann, Robert Kahn and Karl Rankl will be interspersed with testimony from former refugees and their descendants chosen by Shirli Gilbert. With Gemma Rosefield (cello), Norbert Meyn (tenor/director), Simon Wallfisch (baritone), Ashley Solomon (flute) and others.
Refugee Sculptors: Lecture by Sarah MacDougall (Ben Uri Gallery & Museum)
Senate House, University of London
Part of a series of lectures given by members of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, based at the Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London, who all have a strong interest in German-speaking exile from Nazism. The lectures cover a broad range of topics relating to Exile in Britain, including painting and sculpture, design, literature, film and theatre, dance, the internment of aliens and the Kindertransport.
The Ballad of the Cosmo Café
16 and 17 November
St Peter’s Church Hall, London
Conceived and directed by Pamela Howard, OBE, this imagined immersive ‘singspiel’ recreates the much-loved Cosmo Café in London’s Finchley Road.
Audiences will enter the Cosmo Café as customers, sit at the vacant tables and the performance will begin. Eight of UK’s finest senior performers tell their stories in speech and song.
The Ballad of the Cosmo Café is set to music by collaborators from Royal College of Music and supported and produced by students and Cosmo collaborators from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Edith Tudor-Hart and Wolfgang Suschitzky
Tate Britain, London
Until 17 November
Following the rise of fascism in Vienna in the 1930s, brother and sister Edith Tudor-Hart (1908-73) and Wolfgang Suschitzky (1912-2016) found sanctuary in Britain, where both became leading documentary photographers. This display offers a rare opportunity to see a substantial group of photographs by brother and sister together.
The Bauhaus in Britain
Tate Britain, London
Until 17 November
This free display considers connections between Germany’s Bauhaus School (1919–33) and the visual arts in Britain.
Photographs in Print: Stefan Lorant and Andor Kraszna-Krausz
18 November, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre, London
A panel discussion focusing on the influence of two Hungarian immigrants on British photography: Stefan (István) Lorant, the founding editor of the influential photojournalist magazine Picture Post (1938-57) and Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founding owner of Focal Press, the world’s largest publisher of film and photography books (1938-today).
Talk: Stewart Purvis: Hampstead Spies
20 November, 7.30pm
Burgh House, London
Edith Tudor-Hart was a documentary photographer who chronicled working class life in Britain in the 1930s.
Based at her darkroom in Belsize Park she was also a KGB recruiter who talent spotted Kim Philby and other spies. Cambridge spy Anthony Blunt later confessed to MI5 that ’she was the grandmother of us all’.
Ellen Ettlinger: A Folklorist Flees the Nazis
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
Until 24 November
This display marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War by highlighting the work of Ellen Ettlinger, a Jewish folklorist who was forced to flee Germany in 1938 due to persecution by the Nazi regime.
The Art of Eugene Halliday and Käthe Schuftan
Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat, Pontfadog Llangollen, North Wales
Until 30 November
Käthe Schuftan was a Jewish artist who escaped from Berlin in June 1939. Her work was linked with both Käthe Kollwitz and the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement, including Otto Dix and George Grosz.