Image: Mark Gertler, Rabbi and Rabbitzin, 1914. Ben Uri Collection
Images all over the media remind us daily of the global migration crisis, and a new exhibition at Laing Art Gallery, entitled Out Of Chaos, highlights this highly relevant and pressing issue. The striking collection will bring together works from 50 international artists from the mid-19th Century to the present.
In the post-war period in Britain, artists with migrant backgrounds contributed significantly to the development of Britain’s cultural heritage. The exhibition explores migration, identity and belonging with artists such as David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, George Grosz and Frank Auerbach. Fascinating stories of many artists and their families details how many had to make forced journeys as a result of upheavals in their homeland, including the Nazi Holocaust.
Pictures and sculptures selected from the Ben Uri Gallery in London and relating to the Holocaust lie at the heart of the exhibition, which has been expanded to include powerful works by contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds. Photography, video and installation explore themes of personal and group identity, including a penetrating film by Edwin Mingard, specially commissioned for the exhibition, which confronts the issues facing contemporary migrant workers in London.