Ben Uri is delighted to announce the second exhibition in its series on refugee and migrant artists,
highlighting the Polish contribution in Britain over the last century. This focus is particularly apt as the community approaches its millionth citizen, the largest migrant group in Britain, and as Poland celebrates a century since it regained its independence as a nation state after 123 years.
The exhibition will tell aspects of the story of the Polish community in Britain, and Poland’s recent
turbulent history, through the lens of art. It will trace the complex stories of Polish-born artists who fled successive regimes, were variously persecuted, imprisoned and interned, crossed continents – or, today, have made positive choices to come to Britain to study or to develop professionally.
The exhibition brings together a century of artworks and archival material by both celebrated and
lesser-known Polish-born artists selected from the Ben Uri Collection and from Polish institutions,
galleries and private collections. Paintings, posters, prints, drawings, cartoons, book illustrations,
film and sculpture explore issues of identity and migration, whilst intersecting with formal art
historical developments, ranging from expressionism to Pop Art….
The exhibition has been supported by the Embassy of Poland, Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) and the Polish Cultural Institute.’ (PCI)