ART-EXIT: 1939

A Very Different Europe. Julie Held is in this important group show .

Julie Held Commemoration Celebration (detail)

Artworks by migrants from across three centuries have arrived at the Museum of Gloucester. In partnership with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), the Museum of Gloucester has brought ‘Migrations: Masterworks’ from the Ben Uri Collection to city.

Where: Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester
When: Until January 28, 2020

The exhibition shines a spotlight on a very different Europe 80 years ago in the lead up to, and the start of, WW2. It features the forced journeys of many of central Europe’s most distinguished and pioneering artists, who fled tyranny in search of artistic and personal freedoms.

It features émigrés from countries including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Russia, and includes works by artists including Adler, Auerbach, Chagall, Feibusch, Frankfurther, Freud, Grosz, Herman, Kokoshka, Meidner, Schwitters, Soutine and Topolski.

As Europe as a whole is experiencing a growing nationalist and populist momentum, these artists, their work and forced journeys – followed by new
lives and significant contributions as immigrants in their new homelands – all have fascinating, important and topical stories to tell.

The exhibition is co-curated by Sarah MacDougall and Rachel Dickson of The Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Jewish and immigrant Contribution to the Visual Arts in Britain since 1900.