Refugees: The Lives of Others examines these issues through painting and sculpture, as well as posters and cartoons, all of which are supported by oral testimonies from three generations of German migrants. The gallery recently acquired an important early work by Frank Auerbach especially for this exhibition.
The portrait of Auerbach’s friend Helen Gillespie, painted c.1962-4, is on long term loan from the collection of Richard and Julia Anson. The inclusion of Auerbach in this exhibition is particularly poignant as the artist came to Britain in 1939 as a child refugee fleeing Nazi Germany while his Jewish parents remained in Berlin, and subsequently died in concentration camps.
Until 18 June
Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH