An art museum and educational charity, Ben Uri houses the world's largest and most distinguished collection by artists of European Jewish descent.
Founded in July 1915 in Whitechapel, the museum's collection and programming focuses on the universal themes of art, identity and migration.
The permanent collection contains over 1,300 works, representing major avant-garde movements and encompassing a broad range of 20th-century modern British artistic groups. As a whole, the collection draws attention to the significant impact Jewish artists have had on the various modernist movements in British and European art.
The main body of the collection consists of works by Jewish émigré artists who were uprooted from their European home countries in two distinct waves of emigration. As many were forced to travel from country to country before eventually taking refuge in Britain or further afield, they experienced and assimilated a range of artistic styles and movements. Those that settled here brought a new vibrancy and 'exoticism' to British Modernism, contributing to the often distinctive eclecticism of British 20th-century art.