London

United Kingdom



Address:
108a Boundary Rd, St Johns Wood

NW8 0RH
Phone: +44 (0) 207 604 3991
Fax: +44 (0) 207 604 3992
Website: http://www.benuri.org.uk

Ben Uri Gallery, London Jewish Museum Of Art

BEN URI GALLERY, The London Jewish Museum of Art is Europe's only dedicated Jewish Museum of Art working in partnership with both secular and Jewish Museums in the UK and internationally. Conceived in 1914, it was founded in 1915 in the East End of London by the charismatic Russian-born Jewish artist Lazar Berson. It has a fascinating and often illustrious 90 year history and is this country's longest established Jewish arts and cultural institution.

It is no coincidence that the histories of the Ben Uri and that of twentieth-century British art are so closely intertwined; the blossoming of the immigrant generations of Jewish Artists was mirrored by the development of modern painting in Britain. The Ben Uri supported and in turn was supported by those very artists. The same outburst of creativity, which burgeoned in London's East End Jewish community, and gave this country so many of its 'masters' including the group now known and recognised as 'The Whitechapel Boys' also gave birth to the Ben Uri.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

Because it has become a relevant part of today's British and London's art and culture, often competing successfully within the context of size and location with the great London art institutions for visitors' time and critics' choice. It recognised it had 3 priceless assets; the largest specialist collection of British and European Jewish Artists in the world, close to 1000 works including so many masterworks by near 300 artists, official government recognition and Museum registration, and a proud history of contribution to, from and by Jewish artists throughout the 20th century that is richly and readily recorded by art historians of this period in this country and abroad.


Exhibitions

It is innovative in its exhibition policy and by presenting a programme mix of historical and contemporary exhibitions including much from the permanent collection either curated by the Ben Uri [regularly toured across the country] or brought from Museums abroad ensure there is always something for all tastes and interests throughout the year - exhibitions that without the Ben Uri would not be curated or enjoyed in London and the UK.

** CURRENT EXHBITION **
Cross Purposes - 21 important international artists are represented in the exhibition, each bringing a very individual narrative drawn from a century of turbulent change. This exhibition dramatically illustrates that when the modern is juxtaposed with the traditional within the framework of such a sensitive subject, the result is both visually and intellectually compelling.

Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer, Duncan Grant, Eric Gill, Craigie Aitchison, Emmanuel Levy, Lee Miller, Tracey Emin, Francis Newton Souza, Marc Chagall, Norman Adams, Betty Swanwick, John Armstrong, Samuel Bak, Robert Henderson Blyth, Gilbert Spencer, Michael Rothenstein, Sybil Andrews, Maggie Hambling, Roy De Maistre and David Jones amongst others all illustrate, in very different ways, the rapid evolution of the symbol of the Crucifixion from the sacred to the secular.

23 June - 28 November 2010


Previous Exhibitions

Highlights of Past Exhibtions include:
- LOVE REVEALED, SIMEON SOLOMON & THE PRE-RAPHALITES (11 September - 26 November 2006)
- OUTSIDE IN OR INSIDE OUT, DORA HOLZHANDLER, A RETROSPECTIVE (27 June - 6 August 2006)
- EMBRACING THE EXOTIC: JOACOB EPSTEIN & DORA GORDINE (10 January - 19 March 2006)
- JOASH WOODROW - (24 September - 19 November 2005) - In Partnership with 108 Fine Art and Manchester City Art Gallery.


Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

* PROJECT 3: Paintings by David Breuer-Weil. May 31 - July 19 - 9 -13 Mercer St, Covent garden, WC2.
* LONDON, SENSES & EXPERIENCES: Ben Uri celebrates the Arts council Collection's 60th Anniversary. (June 28 - August 5th )
* RELEVANT: Contemporary Solo Shows, 20 Artists in 10 Days - August 12 - September 2nd)


Cost

Admissions:
Adults £5
Concessions £4
Kids FREE
NACF Members and Ben Uri Gallrey Museum Members FREE


Opening hours

10.00 am - 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Saturday's closed
Sunday's 12 - 4.00 pm


Getting there

Ben Uri Gallery 108a Boundary Rd, off Abbey Rd, St Johns Wood, London NW8 0RH

Nearest Tube Stations: St Johns Wood, Maida Vale, Swiss Cottage, Kilburn Park Station

Bus: 189, 139 to Boundary Rd on Abbey Rd

For more information on how to get to the Ben Uri Gallery please call Journey Planner: 0207 222 1234


Facilities

Facilities:
Toilet, disabled access to ground floor gallery.


Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

CHECK OUT THE BEN URI WEBSITE FOR UPDATES ON FORTHCOMING EVENTS OR SUBSCRIBE TO THE BEN URI MAILING LIST - e-mail subscribe to info@benuri.org.uk

KIDS EVENTS AT THE BEN URI GALLERY THIS WEDNESDAY 30TH MAY.





2.00 - 4.30pm

Drop-in workshop for children aged 5-11 with artist Isa Levy



There will also be a children’s guide to the exhibition available

Sunday 3rd June, 2.30 - 4.00pm

Artists Julie Held and Shanti Panchal will give a tour of the exhibition



ALL EVENTS FREE


Schools

Schools are always free. Our team of educators host and visit schools across London working with children from every community as part of our broad outreach programme. Building long lasting relationships with teachers in local schools from different communities is a core objective.


Children

Kids always free. Ben Uri hosts family art days, after school and holiday art clubs involving imaginative workshops relating to each exhibition under expert tuition.





2.00 - 4.30pm

Drop-in workshop for children aged 5-11 with artist Isa Levy



There will also be a children’s guide to the exhibition available


Adults

Enjoy guided tours, lectures, symposia, gallery and artist's visits and a varied Friend's programme. We enhance the traditional visitor experience with free exhibition guides, photo illustrated exhibition story boards and fully illustrated catalogues for most exhibitions.


Membership

Various Memebrship available with the Ben Uri Gallery, please contact the gallery for more information:
T: 0207 604 3991
E: info@benuri.org.uk


Venue hire

The Ben Uri Gallery has ample space available for hire, please contact the Ben Uri Gallery for more information about hiring the Gallery.
T: 0207 604 3991
E: info@benuri.org.uk