Ben Uri Gallery
|Ben Uri Gallery|
|Location||108a Boundary Road, London, England|
|Public transit access||Kilburn High Road|
The Ben Uri Gallery, incorporating the London Jewish Museum of Art (self-described also as The Art Museum for Everyone), is a registered museum and charity currently sited at 108a Boundary Road, off the famous Abbey Road in St John's Wood, London, England. It is one of the rare museums in Europe dedicated to exploring the work and lives of the 19th and 20th century as well as contemporary artists of European Jewish descent within a broad artistic context not limited to Judaica and Jewish history.
The Ben Uri Art Society was founded in the East End of London in 1915 by the Russian emigre artist, Lazar Berson to provide an art venue for Jewish immigrant craftsmen and artists unable to gain access to mainstream artistic societies at that time, due to traditional obstacles faced by all migrant minorities. Ben Uri was founded in the vein of the Bezalel School created 9 years earlier in 1906 in Jerusalem. It was named after Bezalel Ben Uri, the craftsman who designed and built the Ark of the Covenant. Between 1926 and 1933 the president of the Ben Uri Art Society was renowned painter Leopold Pilichowski from Poland (1869–1934).
In its permanent collection, Ben Uri has about 1,300 artworks, and is seeking a site in Central London to house and display this, but its present location is only large enough for blockbuster temporary exhibitions including the series on the Whitechapel Boys, Cross Purposes tracing the use of the Crucifixion motif during the 20th century and recent contemporary art, and in June 2012 'Dodo' re-discovering a remarkable artist from Berlin in the Weimar 1920's and 30's followed in October by a survey of 40 years work by the iconic American artist Judy Chicago.
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