The first month of the festival begins with a vibrant line-up of exhibitions, concerts and discussions. Programme highlights include:
Opening on Saturday 2 March, George Adams – Bauhausler in Britain, a new exhibition at Isokon Gallery in north London focussing on the story of this prolific graphic designer who, although not well-known today, became a key figure in bringing the Bauhaus ideas and pedagogy to Britain. The exhibition runs until 27 October.
The festival of arts and ideas, Jewish Book Week, will host a session on Sunday 3 March on Finding Nemon by Aurelia Young with Julian Hale, the first biography of Croatian-born sculptor Oscar Nemon, the hitherto little-known artist behind some of Britain’s most iconic public statues, including those of Freud and Churchill. Aurelia Young, daughter of the sculptor, will be in conversation with art historian Patrick Bade. Book here.
Join Monica Bohm-Duchen, Anna Nyburg and Daniel Snowman at Jewish Book Week on Wednesday 6 March at 7pm for a lively panel discussion to mark the publication of the festival companion volume, Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture. Book here.
On Wednesday 13 March there will be a special screening of Seeing Daylight, a 2017 documentary directed by Richard Shaw, about Dorothy Bohm’s practice, how she learned photography, what drives her to photograph and how her images changed photography. This includes a private viewing of the Little Happenings exhibition (Museum of Childhood) and a Q&A with Dorothy’s daughter Monica Bohm-Duchen.
The Hans Keller Centenary takes place in early March with performances, workshops, panel discussions and film screenings held in London and Cambridge to mark the centenary of the birth of the Austrian-born musician and writer. On what would have been Keller’s 100th birthday on Monday 11 March, the Belcea Quartet will perform Haydn’s Op 72 No. 2 and Britten’s Third Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in London.
On Friday 29 March, Émigré Poster Designers opens at London Transport Museum, with a Poster Parade of 20 posters created by well-known émigré designers including Hans Schleger, Hans Unger and László Moholy-Nagy. The display reflects their contribution to what is considered a golden age of poster design.