Bridgeman is proud to represent the Ben Uri collection, one of the rare museums in Europe dedicated to exploring the work and lives of émigré artists
The Ben Uri Art Society was founded by the Russian émigré artist Lazar Berson in 1915 to support Jewish immigrant artists. As a registered charity, the Ben Uri Gallery in South Hampstead addresses central issues of identity and migration while representing the Jewish community through the works of British and European Jewish artists.
Ben Uri also aims to educate people and enrich lives with its learning and wellbeing programmes. The museum is highly progressive in its aims since it strives to engage people from all communities as well as those from Jewish backgrounds. In fact, the gallery states that its main ongoing mission is to be known as ‘The Art Museum for Everyone.’
The Ben Uri Collection houses over 1400 works by nearly 400 artists of the twentieth and twenty-first century. It is Europe’s only collection which is exclusively committed to émigré art.
The collection contains master works by artists like Frank Auerbach, Sir Jacob Epstein, Marc Chagall and Georg Grosz. Many works in the collection explore the hardships faced by Jews such as forced migration and the Holocaust during WW2, making the art extremely historically and educationally important.
Highlights of the collection include Auerbach’s Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II and Chagall’s Apocalypse en Lilas, Capriccio.
Unfortunately, the current location of the Ben Uri Gallery is only large enough for temporary exhibitions, therefore the permanent collection remains in storage until a larger space is found.
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