Centenary Blog

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum was founded 100 years ago in July 1915 in London’s East End by Russian-Jewish émigré Lazar Berson and like-minded local, mostly émigré, artists and craftsmen unable to access the cultural bastions of the British art establishment.

From its inception as an Art Society in 1915, steeped in a vibrant Yiddish culture, to its position today as the only specialist Jewish museum of art in Europe working in the mainstream, Ben Uri’s unique collection has grown to more than 1,300 artworks across all subject matter and media, created by more than 380 artists, primarily – but not exclusively – of Jewish origin from 35 countries.

These blogs feature as selected essays and thought pieces from catalogues , which accompany the current Out of Chaos; Ben Uri 100 years in London exhibition at Somerset House (2 July - 13 December) We'll be releasing more blogs throughout our centenary year so sign up for our email newsletter and we'll let you know of the next instalment.