Refugees: German Contribution to 20th Century British Art

Ben Uri: Art. Identity. Migration

29 March – 4 June 2017

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An exploration of the contribution of German refugee artists to 20th Century British Art

Harry Weinberger, In Winter, Manchester

From the founder of an art gallery to influential teachers to the designer of the iconic British bus-stop sign, the contribution of German-born artists to British life over the last century has been varied and rich.

In a time when immigration is high on political agendas and the refugee crisis a regular news item, this exhibition explores the experience of migrant Germans since the 1930s through their paintings, posters, illustrations and sculptures. Artists include Auerbach, Frankfurther and Weinberger, who arrived in Britain as children, and Bloch, Marks and Ludwig Meidner, who were forced to try and re-establish their careers in a new country.

Selected works by Eva Frankfurther, who fled to London from Berlin with her family in 1939, are also on display until 18 June.

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Mon – Fri, 10am – 5.30pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 5pm

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