Ben Uri operates on a four year forward plan and has an exciting and diverse range of exhibitions in preparation that without us would not be seen in London or the United Kingdom.
The exhibitions cover contemporary, classic, individual artist retrospectives and themed group surveys, all accompanied by scholarly, accessibly-presented catalogues. They highlight artists from home and abroad and many of the exhibitions are designed to tour nationally and internationally. Our special focus – exploring and telling the story of émigré artists to London and the Jewish experience within – is prevalent within our overall remit of Art, Identity and Migration.
Notting Hill Carnival: The A–Z of Elimu Carnival Band, 1980–2014
5–31 March 2015
Throughout March, Ben Uri gallery will be hosting an exhibition curated by Paddington Arts exploring the history of the Elimu Carnival band, formed in 1980 and based at Paddington Arts since 2001. Each year, Paddington Arts is home to the Elimu band members in the lead up to the carnival, while they plan, choreograph, rehearse, design and make costumes in preparation for the final performance at Notting Hill.
The exhibition will explore the history of the Elimu Carnival Band exploring themes such as Creativity and Family, as well as inviting band members and relatives to share their memories, photographs, and artefacts. Comprising short films, photographs and archive material, as well as costumes and costume designs, the exhibition will be an archive of the band’s past whilst providing an overview of the history of the Notting Hill Carnival.
This exhibition will be accompanied by an education programme of film screenings and carnival arts workshops, taking place at both Ben Uri and Paddington Arts. For further information on the exhibition or any of the associated learning content please contact Edward Dickenson, Ben Uri Learning Officer.
No Set Rules: a century of selected works on paper from the Schlee Collection, Southampton and the Ben Uri Collection, London
14 April – 14 June 2015
As Ben Uri embarks upon its centenary year, we are delighted to announce a collaborative exhibition with Southampton City Art Gallery, bringing together selected works from the Philip Schlee collection of drawings, prints and paintings by 20th century and contemporary artists working in Britain between 1920 and 2004 and resonant works on paper from Ben Uri’s own collection. Comprising 55 works celebrating the diversity and richness of both collections, and encompassing Ben Uri’s remarkable first century, it covers a wide range of subject matter from figuration to abstraction and includes paired works by modern British artists Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jane Joseph, Leon Kossoff, Michael Rothenstein, Glenn Sujo and Edward Toledano, who are each represented in both collections. Work is also included by artists Gillian Ayres, Sandra Blow, Bernard Cohen, Roger Hilton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Christopher Le Brun, Sarah Lightman, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and John Virtue, who have each contributed significantly to this century of art.
1 July – 13 December 2015
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Ben Uri turns 100
To celebrate Ben Uri's foundation in 1915, this unique exhibition exploring the experience of identity and migration during the last century, also offers a rare chance to view many masterpieces from the museum's collection.
Encompassing paintings, work on paper, sculpture, new media and archival pieces, the exhibition will explore related issues of historical and contemporary displacement and migration.
It will include not only world-class works by artists such as Auerbach, Chagall and Soutine, but also important examples of fine work by lesser-known emigrés who were not so fortunate in their careers for a variety of reasons often related to their migration and for whom Ben Uri provided an important exhibition platform.
The exhibition is being held in association with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London.
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
For further information on Ben Uri's centenary please visit the Centenary Countdown page
Refiguring the 50s: Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry
14 Nov 2014 – 22 Feb 2015
View the press release