Art-Exit: 1939 A very different Europe Invitation to upcoming talk Collar the Lot @ 12 Star Gallery, London
The Lecture Series ART-EXIT: 1939 A VERY DIFFERENT EUROPE
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.
'One reality leads to another with the assurance that both exist instantaneously and in the same place' - Roland Penrose, commenting, in 1938 on the landscapes of Paul Nash - currently @ TATE BRITAIN. Large comprehensive retrospective of Paul Nash's work - rich use of symbolism, metaphor and planes of vision. Dreaming trees and Aerial Creatures particularly moving.
Autograph exhibition of more than forty photographs in three gallery spaces at the National Portrait Gallery. Astonishing quality and presence - important exhibition - beautifully presented. Photographs taken in 1891 - but look contemporary - the sitters are present.