CURRENT AND FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS
At Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, 108A Boundary Rd, London, NW8 0RH.
Open Monday and Tuesday only for schools and group visits and Wednesday-Friday to the general public from 10 am to 5.30 pm
“Sheer Verve”: The Women’s International Art Club13 September - 15 December 2023
The Women’s International Art Club (WIAC) was founded in Paris in 1898 to give female artists a platform at a time when it was difficult for them to exhibit their work and encourage networking opportunities. The inaugural exhibition, held in London’s Grafton Gallery in 1900, went on to become an annual event until the club was dissolved in 1978.
More than a century after the WIAC’s inception, Ben Uri showcases the club’s “sheer verve”, in the words of Arts Review critic Bettina Wadia (26 January 1963) with work from 22 of its collection artists including Sonia Delaunay, Dora Gordine, Clara Klinghoffer, Laura Knight, Orovida Pissarro and Ottilie Tolansky.
A series of events including lectures, virtual exhibitions accompany the exhibition.
We ask for £8 donation on entry to this educational exhibition towards the costs, from all who can afford.
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Uncharted Streets17 January - 8 March 2024
Curated by the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum and the Centre for British Photography, Uncharted Streets: Photographers from the Hyman Collection presents five photographers who were born outside the UK but have been central to the development of photography in Britain over the last century. The title alludes to both William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience and T. S. Elliot’s The Wasteland but inverts their charter’d streets to suggest the role of those from outside in charting new territories, providing new perspectives and taking British photography in new directions.
The exhibition takes as its starting point the pioneering work of Kurt Hutton (b. Germany 1893) and Bill Brandt (b. Germany, 1904). Each photographer played a pivotal role in bringing European ideas into British culture and stimulated British photographic publications such as Lilliput and Picture Post magazine. It then spotlights the work of Edith Tudor-Hart (b. Vienna, 1908) who used photography as a vehicle for social change. The exhibition also showcases two of the most eminent figures in contemporary British photography: Charlie Phillips (b, Jamaica, 1944) is one of the most celebrated documenters of the African-Caribbean community in London, and Markéta Luskačová (b. Czechoslovakia, 1944), whose work has been so influential to British photography since the early 1970s.
This is a very rare opportunity to see vintage prints by these five photographers.
We ask for £5 donation on entry to this educational exhibition towards the costs, from all who can afford.
Inaugural Ben Uri Art and Book Sale15 - 24 March 2024
"WOW"3 April - 14 June 2024
Disruption!: Refugee Art Dealers 20th-century London22 June - 6 September 2024
The rise of Nazism and chaos of global warfare in the 1930s and 1940s drove over 50 art dealers, largely but not exclusively Jewish, from Continental Europe to seek refuge in Britain. Settling in London, they infiltrated existing British art networks and formed an important part of the artistic émigré network, both working in existing galleries and founding new ones. This exhibition, which offers an episodic rather than a comprehensive history, will tell some of the stories of individual art dealers, the artists they promoted, and the spaces they created for artistic exchange and dissemination, as well as reflecting on how their own experience of forced migration affected their professional decisions and choices.
Lancelot Ribeiro - Heads In and Out of Time18 September - 29 November 2024
Holiday Season Art and Book Fair7 - 20 December 2024