Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art
14 Dec 19–1 Mar 20
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This major touring exhibition is a timely exploration of the impact of artist refugees on art in Britain, taking a perspective across the last 150 years.
The migration of creative individuals and groups has always been a source of innovation and cultural cross-fertilisation. This exhibition explores the influence of émigrés who came from eastern and central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Curated by Dr Peter Wakelin, the exhibition examines how they were perceived by their peers in Britain and the extent to which their influence excited or inspired new art.
Artists include Joan Eardley, Josef Herman, Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters. The exhibition looks back to the temporary exile of refugees from the First World War and forward to the present, when the reception of refugees and their contributions to British life are more contentious than ever.
Many of the artists present extraordinary and deeply moving stories of escape from dispossession, persecution, torture, intellectual oppression and war. The welcome for foreign artists has not always been positive and has included critical hostility, financial difficulties, personal tragedy and even internment, yet they have often exerted a remarkably direct influence on British contemporaries.
Part of Insiders/Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival taking place throughout 2019 to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture https://insidersoutsidersfestival.org/.
Image credit: Martin Bloch (1883–1954), Miracle in the Internment Camp (detail), 1941, oil on canvas, 68.6 x 78.7cm © Martin Bloch Trust. Photo credit: Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
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