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Art-Exit: 1939 A very different Europe Invitation to upcoming talk Collar the Lot @ 12 Star Gallery, London

The Lecture Series
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum is delighted to present a special series of free evening talks at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU. These flow from the recent exhibition by the Ben Uri Research Unit, marking the contribution to art in Britain by the so-called ‘Hitler emigres’ on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Spread over consecutive Thursdays in October, a range of distinguished experts engage with topics that continue to resonate deeply within our globalised society: identity, migration, displacement and internment - and the power of art to reflect and respond to these issues. Each talk will be preceded by refreshments and followed by an audience Q&A.

17 October 2019, 6.30 p.m.
"Collar the lot!" Artists, Aliens and Aspects of Internment in Britain c. 1940

Prof Charmian Brinson, Prof Fran Lloyd, Dr Rachel Pistol and Dr Julia Winckler
Chaired by Monica Bohm-Duchen, Director: Insiders/Outsiders Festival  
These four linked short talks present different aspects of the often-overlooked British internment crisis of 1940. Charmian Brinson discusses how cultural activities managed to flourish behind barbed wire, particularly in two very different Isle of Man camps: Rushen women’s camp and Hutchinson men’s camp (the latter often known as the ‘Artists’ Camp, its internees including renowned German artists Kurt Schwitters and Ludwig Meidner). Julia Winckler focusses on the creative output of another Hutchinson internee, the German painter/writer Fred Uhlman; Fran Lloyd, on young Austrian refugee, Ernst Eisenmayer, while Rachel Pistol provides a fascinating account of the reactions of the British press and other contemporary views on this extraordinary moment in Britain's wartime history.


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