Ben Uri was founded by Lazar Berson, an émigré Russian artist, in 1915 in Whitechapel, an area with a large Jewish immigrant population. Ben Uri supported the Jewish immigrant artists and collected their works. Ben Uri, The Art Museum for Everyone, presents internationally focussed exhibitions from its gallery in St John’s Wood whilst it prepares to move to a larger space in central London. Ben Uri is recognised as one of the best small museums in London. This extraordinary and growing collection of over 1,300 works, principally by artists of European Jewish descent, is the largest and most distinguished of its kind in the world. Today it contains works by over 300 classic and contemporary artists. The instantly recognisable include Auerbach, Bomberg, Breuer-Weil, Castel, Chagall, Epstein, Freedman, Gertler, Grosz, Herman, Hirszenberg, Kossoff, Kramer, Levy, Liebermann, Meninsky, Minkowski, Pissarro, Rubin, Ryback, Segal, Solomon, Ury and Wolmark.
02 October 2013