Artists who found safe haven in Britain after being displaced by war are the subject of a new exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

Refuge: The Art of Belonging tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation and features works from Lake-land Arts’ collection including Kurt Schwitters, Hilde Goldschmidt, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Lucian Freud, and Frank Auerbach.

The show examines displacement within artists’ work and the adoption of new land-scapes, focusing on the personal experiences of the artists and offering poignant, emotive and, sometimes, challenging stories of migration, home and belonging.

This exhibition particularly focuses on the work of two artists who came to the Lake District during the Second World War: Hilde Goldschmidt (1897-1980), a successful Expressionist artist, and Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) who is widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and considered by many to be the first multimedia artist, working in paint, collage, poetry and installations.

The exhibition will also include works by Martin Bloch, Josef Herman and Oskar Ko-koschka, and will feature a selection of loans from both public and private collections around the UK.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL

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