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.
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
We're delighted to announce No Set Rules, a collaborative exhibition with Southampton City Art Gallery which explores the limitless possibilities of working on paper. The exhibition brings together selected works from the Philip Schlee collection of drawings, prints and paintings by artists working in Britain between 1920 and 2004 with resonant works on paper from Ben Uri’s own collection.
Celebrating the richness and diversity of each collection, No Set Rules presents 49 works by 37 artists, seven of whom – Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jane Joseph, Leon Kossoff, Michael Rothenstein, Glenn Sujo and Edward Toledano – are represented in both. The works cover a wide range of subject matter, techniques and practice, moving from figuration to abstraction to explore 100 years of expression on paper. Other artists include Craigie Aitchison, Gillian Ayres, Sandra Blow, Christopher Le Brun, Roger Hilton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Sarah Lightman, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Tomalin and John Virtue.
No Set Rules initiates dialogues, grouping teachers, students, collaborators and strangers, and juxtaposing masters of monochrome with creators of dazzling sweeps of colour to show that drawing doesn’t necessarily begin or end with a pencil. This exhibition proves, as David Hockney once observed, that “there are no set rules in drawing”.
We'll also be running a series of events for families and audiences of all ages to accompany the exhibition.
1 July – 13 December 2015
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing
King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS
Ben Uri turns 100
We will celebrate our centenary year with the exhibition ‘Art, Identity and Migration; 100 years of Ben Uri 1915 - 2015’, exploring one hundred years of émigré history through our art collection, looking to forge future conversations about the relationship between immigration and art.
The exhibition will use our celebrated collection to tell the stories of the universal social and political upheavals faced by an émigré community, whilst reflecting on the wider émigré experiences of London.
Addressing key issues of ‘identity’ and ‘belonging’, the exhibition will harness the invaluable history of our collection and the ability of art to expand conversations about immigration, creativity and citizenship, constant features of today’s political debate.
The exhibition is being held in association with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London. More information about our centenary exhibition.
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
A century of selected works
15th April 2015 - 15th June 2015