Ben Uri Timeline

1914

2nd exhibition of contemporary Jewish Art at the Whitechapel Art Gallery

1915

Ben Uri Society founded

1916

Ben Uri founder, Lazar Berson, leaves Britain for America

1919

First acquisitions by Ben Uri: 9 works by Simeon Solomon

1920

Ben Uri acquires Bomberg’s Ghetto Theatre along with three other works by the same artist

Short-lived literary journal, Renesans includes articles by Jewish artists

Early 1920s Jacob Kramer returns to Leeds

1922-23

Israel Zangwill, President of Ben Uri

1925

Ben Uri opens its first gallery in Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury (closed 1926)

1928

Bomberg lectures on ‘Palestine Through the Eyes of an Artist’ at the Ben Uri

1930-32

Ben Uri Jewish Art & Literary Society moves to 63 Mansell Street

1932

Gift of pictures by Ben Uri to new Tel Aviv Museum

1933

Ben Uri Art Gallery & Jewish Lit Society changes its name to Ben Uri Jewish Art Gallery

Sholem Asch and Cecil Roth lecture at Ben Uri

1933-36

Ben Uri moves to Woburn House, Upper Woburn Place

1934

German refugee Alfred Döblin gives ‘The Tragedy of the German Jews and its Consequences’ lecture at Ben Uri

1936

Ben Uri moves to the Anglo-Palestinian Club, 43-44 Great Windmill Street, Soho

Lecture at Ben Uri by novelist Rebecca West

1937

16 artists in the Ben Uri collection exhibited in the Degenerate Art (Entartete Kunst) exhibition in Germany.

1938

Ben Uri ‘artists revolt’

‘The Jewish artists are starving’ (David Bomberg)

1940-41

A number of refugee artists associated with the Ben Uri are interned

1941-45

The Holocaust

A number of refugee artists associated with the Ben Uri lose relatives murdered by the Nazis

(There are works on Nazism and the Holocaust in the Ben Uri collection by artists including Chagall, Grosz, Levy and Herman.)

1943-60

Ben Uri located at 14 Portman Street

1944

Ben Uri re-opens after being closed for World War II. Opening exhibition includes work by Liebermann, Epstein, Camille Pissarro and Israels.

Summer exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings by Contemporary Artists raises the issue of artist émigrés: ‘In view of the total ruin of Europe by the Nazis, the work undertaken by the Society has become of even greater significance.’

Mark Gertler exhibition at Ben Uri

1945

Leicester Gallery donates Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round to Ben Uri

1946-47

‘Subjects of Jewish Interest’ exhibition at Ben Uri include works by Topolski, Bomberg and Kramer

1948

Exhibition of Alfred Wolmark to commemorate his 70th Birthday

1948-55

More than a dozen exhibitions with an Israeli theme or artist at Ben Uri in the years following Israel’s independence

1949

Ludwig and Else Meidner exhibition at Ben Uri. His only exhibition in Britain.

1950-76

Barry Fealdman, Secretary of the Ben Uri

1951

‘Anglo-Jewish Exhibition, 1851-1951’ at Ben Uri

1956

Ben Uri’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition

‘Jewish Artists in England 1656-1956’ (Whitechapel Art Gallery)

‘Tercentenary Exhibition of Contemporary Anglo-Jewish Artists’ at Ben Uri

1961

Alfred Wolmark dies

1961-64

Ben Uri Gallery moves to 14 Berners Street

1962

Jacob Kramer dies

Eva Frankfurther Retrospective at Ben Uri

1964-96

Ben Uri moves to 21 Dean Street, Soho

1965-86

Alexander Margulies, Chairman, Ben Uri

1966

Jacob Sonntag (ed), Ben Uri, 1915-1965

1966

Ben Uri 50th Anniversary Special Exhibition (1/3-29/3)

1969

Leon Kossoff exhibition at Ben Uri

1972

Else Meidner’s 70th birthday exhibition at Ben Uri

1979-85

Agi Katz, Curator/Administrator, Ben Uri

1980

Jacob Epstein Centenary exhibition, Ben Uri

1982

‘Mark Gertler – the early and the late years’ exhibition at Ben Uri

1983

Roman Vishniac exhibition at Ben Uri

1984

‘Jacob Kramer Reassessed’ exhibition at Ben Uri

1984

Ben Uri sells Mark Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round to the Tate Gallery

1984/5

Josef Herman, Memory of Memories exhibition at Ben Uri, Glasgow

1995

’80 Years of Ben Uri’ exhibition

1997-99

Ben Uri moves to 126 Albert Street, NW1

2000

Ben Uri moves to 80 East End Road (Manor House Centre for Judaism)

2000-

David Glasser, Chairman, Ben Uri

2001

The Ben Uri Story (exhibition at Phillips, Bond Street) and publication of The Ben Uri Story

2002

Ben Uri acquires Mark Gertler’s Rabbi and Rabbitzin

2002-

Ben Uri moves to 108a Boundary Road, NW8

2004

Ben Uri acquires Emmanuel Levy’s Crucifixion (1942)

2008

‘Whitechapel at War: Isaac Rosenberg and his Circle’ exhibition at Ben Uri

2009

‘Forced Journeys: Artists in Exile in Britain, c. 1933-45′ exhibition at Ben Uri

Ben Uri acquires Frank Auerbach, Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II

2010

Ben Uri acquires Chagall, Apocalypse en Lilas, Capriccio (1945)

2010

‘Apocalypse: Unveiling a Lost Masterpiece by Marc Chagall’ at Osborne Samuel Gallery, Bruton Street, Mayfair

2010

‘Cross Purposes: Shock and Contemplation in Images of the Crucifixion’ exhibition at Ben Uri

2010

Ben Uri acquires George Grosz Interrogation

2012

Ben Uri acquires Chaim Soutine’s La Soubrette, Waiting Maid (1933)

2013

Judy Chicago & Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracy Emin: A Transatlantic Dialogue exhibition at Ben Uri

2014

Uproar: The first 50 Years of the London Group, 1913-63 exhibition at  Ben Uri

2014-15

Refiguring the 50s exhibition at Ben Uri

2015

Out of Chaos Ben Uri Centenary exhibition, Somerset House