17 February – 28 May 2018
This major exhibition examines the development of David Bomberg’s work throughout his life, placing it within biographical and historical contexts.
A co-curation between Ben Uri gallery, Pallant House Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery, Bomberg marks the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death and comes to the Laing after debuting at Pallant House in 2017.
The son of Polish Jewish immigrants, David Bomberg grew up in East London. Part of the Crisis of Brilliance generation at the Slade School of Fine Art, his contemporaries included Paul Nash and Isaac Rosenberg and, after his expulsion for being too radical, he travelled to Europe with avant-garde sculptor Jacob Epstein, where he met Pablo Picasso.
Prior to the First World War, Bomberg’s work was heavily influenced by the geometrical abstractions of the Cubist, Futurist and Vorticist movements. His later work moved towards Expressionism and landscapes, possibly because of the horror of serving in the trenches and his painful experiences as a war artist in both world wars.
Visitors can trace these influences, Bomberg's East End heritage and his post-war disillusionment through this powerful exhibition, which completes its tour at Ben Uri Gallery in summer 2018.