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 migrant artists 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 looks back to the crucial influence of émigrés who came from eastern and central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. It explores how they were perceived by their peers in Britain and the extent to which their influence excited or inspired new art including artists such as Joan Eardley, Josef Herman, Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters. It also explores the temporary exile of refugees from the Franco-Prussian War, the First World War and forward to the present, when the reception of refugees from war-torn Iran, Iraq and Afhanistan and their contributions to British life remain contentious.
Exhibited artists include Martin Bloch, Naum Gabo, Humberto Gatica, Mona Hatoum, Barbara Hepworth, Samira Kitman, Heinz Koppel, Josef Koudelka, Hanaa Malallah, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Lotte Reiniger, Zory Shahrokhi and Walid Siti.
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.
A substantial book by Peter Wakelin, published by Sansom & Co. will accompany the exhibition. Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art tells the stories of émigré artists and their contribution to British art. Many tell deeply moving stories of escape from dispossession, persecution, torture, oppression and war. Special exhibition price of £17.50 (RRP £20) available from the RWA shop.
Jankel Adler, Dobrivoje Beljkašić, Ernst Blensdorf, Martin Bloch, Bill Brandt, Frank Brangwyn, Chien-Ying Chang, Siegried Charoux, Robert Colquhoun, Jules Dalou, Joan Eardley, Cheng Wu Fei, Hans Feibusch, Stanislaw Frenkiel, Naum Gabo, Humberto Gatica, Hilde Goldschmidt, György Gordon, William Goscombe John, Esther Grainger, Mona Hatoum, John Heartfield, Barbara Hepworth, Josef Herman, Samira Kitman, Frederick Könekamp, Heinz Koppel, Fritz I. (Fred) Kormis, Josef Koudelka, Peter Lanyon, Peter László Peri, Hanaa Malallah, Felix H. Man, Else Meidner, Ludwig Meidner, George Minne, Claude Monet, Ben Nicholson, Leonid Pasternak, Constant Permeke, Peter Potworowski, Lena Pillico, Camille Pissarro, Lucien Pissarro, Adèle Reifenberg, Lotte Reiniger, Will Roberts, Valerius de Saedeleer, Kurt Schwitters, Zory Shahrokhi, Walter Sickert, Walid Siti, Willi Soukop, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Edith Tudor-Hart, Fred Uhlman, Marianne Von Werther, Ernest Zobole
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Image credit (1): Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), La Route, effet de neige (detail), 1879, oil on canvas. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK. Reproduced courtesy of Leicester Arts and Museums Service. © Artist's Estate. Photo © Leicester Arts & Museums / Bridgeman Images / Image credit (2): 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
Part of Insiders/Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival taking place throughout 2019 to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture
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