Masterworks by Emigré Artists from the Ben Uri Collection
More than 70 artworks by a range of artists including such famous names as Frank Auerbach, Leon Bakst, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Naum Gabo, Mark Gertler, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Jacob Kramer and Camille Pissarro, as well as a number of less well-known artists, will be on view as part of a loan exhibition from the Ben Uri Collection.
The Ben Uri Collection now holds more than 1,300 works in various media by over 400 artists, and Ben Uri now has status as a gallery of international importance. Since 2000 the remit has widened to include work by émigré artists from a greater range of cultural, religious and geographical backgrounds under the strapline "Ben Uri: Art, Identity and Migration". Ben Uri now aims to be "the art museum for everyone" with no ethnic, religious or other barriers to engagement.
Today the phrase "émigré artist" may have a different meaning, because so many of us choose to live in another land for work or study, but the same challenges of assimilation, of "settling into a foreign land" remain. The work of migrant artists is as important today as it was a century ago. London is a vibrant city of different nationalities and many newcomers still settle in the East End, the place of Ben Uri's first home in 1915.