Ben Uri Gallery in St. John’s Wood, London NW8
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Ben Uri Gallery at 108A Boundary Road showcases the work of more than 300 classic and contemporary artists of Jewish descent. Often called the ‘Art Museum for Everyone’, the superb permanent collection comprising over 1,300 works by renowned artists like Marc Chagall and Reuven Rubin is worth viewing.
Through the gallery’s magnificent paintings, you can enjoy a glimpse of the Jews’ artistic and social pursuits from the 19th century onwards. Of particular interest are paintings by the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, a talented group of Jewish artists who lived and worked in London’s East End during the early part of the 20th century.
Excellent, fully catalogued exhibitions are frequently held and provide visitors with an opportunity to explore in-depth the paintings, influence over local art and achievements of several artists.
At the current exhibition titled ‘Sir William Rothenstein and his circle’, you can observe at close quarters the outstanding collection of paintings (Jews Mourning in a Synagogue is his most impressive), portraits and other famous works by Sir William Rothenstein. Relevant works from contemporaries like Jacob Kramer form part of this exhibition.
Whether you are an art student or just intrigued, a visit to this fascinating museum will leave you with a new appreciation of Jewish art.
Opening times: Mondays from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM; Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM; Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Admission Charges: Free.
Getting there: St. John’s Wood, Swiss Cottage and Maida Vale tube stations are less than ten minutes away. Overground stations near at hand are Kilburn High Road station and West Hampstead station. Several buses also halt within walking distance of the museum.
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