Ben Uri Gallery and Museum



In the meantime, continue to enjoy our comprehensive and fully digitised collection at: www.benuricollection.org.uk




Following the success of the repurposing of the gallery in 2019 when we launched full public access to the extensive Ben Uri library and century of archives the Board have agreed to further extend the library and archive research facilities across all of the lower floor. This is designed to reinforce the academic focus of the institution led by the Ben Uri Research Unit charged with research and digital recording of the Jewish and Immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900.


To facilitate the physical changes necessary to extend the research capacity and resources, the gallery will re-open to the public on the 30th of September with a survey of the late, pioneering and political artist Gustav Metzger. He was, and remains, a greatly influential figure in the canon of modern British art. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926 and through the good auspices of the Refugee Children Movement, came to Britain as a child refugee in 1939. His talent was recognised here and he received a grant from the UK Jewish community to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp between 1948 and 1949. His life experiences inspired his artistic and political activity and with John Sharkey initiated the ‘Destruction in Art Symposium’ in 1966. His body of work continually incorporated diverse physical materials from newspaper to acid. His last major UK exhibition was at the Serpentine in 2009 and our forthcoming showing of his early work on the 30 September is a rare, valuable and informative addition to the awareness and understanding of this important artist. Metzger died in London in March 2017. 




The world has endured months of being locked down, if not locked in, and our strategy of committing to a digital / virtual future which two years ago was considered radical and questionable has within a few short months become accepted and widely adopted.  


We want to share with you an important online exhibition that will be presented on our new web site to mark the 80th anniversary of a more limited but nonetheless disturbing period in our history: that of the Internment of German and Austrian residents in Britain in 1940. This exhibition is just one of 40 which will be available to you when the new virtual museum is launched in the weeks to come.