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Ben Uri was founded in 1915 to provide support for Jewish immigrant artists working outside the traditional mainstream and named after Bezalel Ben Uri, the biblical creator of the tabernacle. The collection is principally by late nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists of Jewish descent. Since 2002 however the remit has expanded to include the wider immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900, irrespective of national, ethnic, or religious origins.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Sarah MacDougall, Director of Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, on 13th October 2021. You can find a recording at: https://youtu.be/EO6LNLFTCmU

6 artworks
Rabbi and Rabbitzin
Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

Rabbi and Rabbitzin 1914

Mark Gertler (1891–1939)

Watercolour & pencil on paper

H 48.8 x W 37.6 cm

Ben Uri Collection

Apocalypse en Lilas, Capriccio
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2022. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

Apocalypse en Lilas, Capriccio 1945

Marc Chagall (1887–1985)

Gouache, pencil, Indian wash & ink on paper

H 51 x W 35.5 cm

Ben Uri Collection

Refugees
© estate of Josef Herman. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

Refugees c.1941

Josef Herman (1911–2000)

Gouache on paper

H 47 x W 39.5 cm

Ben Uri Collection

West Indian Waitresses
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

West Indian Waitresses c.1955

Eva Frankfurther (1930–1959)

Oil on paper

H 76 x W 55 cm

Ben Uri Collection

The Hand Made Map of the World
© the artist. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

The Hand Made Map of the World 2013

Tam Joseph (b.1947)

Acrylic on board

H 70.7 x W 121.2 cm

Ben Uri Collection

Revolution Street 2
© the artist. Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

Revolution Street 2 2019

Zory Shahrokhi (active since c.2003)

Pen, ink & gold pen

H 49 x W 69 cm

Ben Uri Collection