Although Ben Uri celebrated its centenary in 2015, our distinctive and world-class collection regrettably remains mostly in store, apart from selected highlights on show and others on loan.
Our current — but temporary — museum space prevents us from effectively displaying temporary exhibitions and our permanent collection together.
The collection comprises 1300 works across 30 different mediums spanning 120 years by some 380 international artists: 67% émigrés, 27 % women, and 33% contemporary.
The artists hail from 35 countries across four continents but principally Europe: 29% British; 16% German; 14% Russian; 13% Polish; 5% American and 3% Israeli.
Master-works by British artists, although many émigrés, include Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Mark Gertler, Leon Kossoff, Jacob Kramer, Arthur Segal, Simeon Solomon, Solomon J Solomon and Alfred Wolmark.
Master-works by International artists include Avigdor Arikha, Moshe Castel, Marc Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, George Grosz, Samuel Hirszenberg, Max Liebermann, Maurice Minkowski, Pissarro dynasty, Irma Stern, Chaïm Soutine, Reuven Rubin and Lesser Ury.
Holdings in depth of important 20th century artists include: Jankel Adler (6), Frank Auerbach (11), David Bomberg (14), Sonia Delaunay (3), Jacob Epstein (6), Hans Feibusch (10), Barnett Freedman (8), Mark Gertler (11), Josef Herman (9), Jacob Kramer (12), Max Liebermann (4), Bernard Meninsky (9), Lesser Ury (4) and Alfred Wolmark (27).
Within our context the unique width and depth of holdings by émigré artists is the most distinctive feature of the collection and is a principal area of focus of both our curatorial and learning programmes.
As our search for a new 40,000 sq. ft. space in the heart of London museum community continues, we can currently only show a fraction of our collection. Our purpose is to maximise exposure of this collection and its distinctive context and content, both across the UK and internationally, as part of our ongoing Collections Partnership Programme.
Please use this library of over 1300 works to identify specific works, themes or even complete exhibitions that we could loan to your museum.
1) To borrow individual works as part of your exhibition programming.
2) We can reconstruct a number of Ben Uri loan exhibitions including:
3) Tour forthcoming exhibitions including:
4) Ben Uri can curate tailored exhibitions to more accurately reflect your audience by geographical or historical period; around narratives of migration; artistic groups; individual artists; or specific themes (e.g. portraiture or the holocaust).
To discuss further, please contact Sarah MacDougall, Eva Frankfurther Research and Curatorial Fellow for the Study of Émigré Artists and Head of Collections at Sarahm@benuri.org.uk.