Research Unit: For the study of the Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1990

  • Visit our BURU Research Unit

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    Its aim is to centralise research on and record the Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900, principally via our digital resource known as BURU online. This is a long-term project, and examples of those currently under research are available to review through the links provided.

    Further outcomes of Ben Uri Research Unit include our programme of exhibitions, related events and publications, audio recordings (including oral histories, curatorial and guest talks), film, and links to external resources.

     

    WHO IS BEN URI RESEARCH UNIT?

    Sarah MacDougall —  Director

    Rachel Dickson — Consultant Editor

    Reka Vajda — Research & Collections Officer

    Irene Iacono — Research Officer

  • SEARCH THE DATABASE

    This database is the principal outcome of our ongoing research and is an extension of previous research carried out by our Collections and Curatorial team for our related site exploring the Ben Uri Collection. The information is searchable in a number of ways.

     

    VIEW AND SEARCH THE RESEARCH UNIT ON buru.org.uk

     
  • WHAT IS BURU ONLINE?

    WHAT IS BURU ONLINE?

    BURU online is the first comprehensive online resource recording the lives and careers of major Jewish and immigrant contributors to British visual culture since 1900. It includes immigrant artists (and those born to immigrant parents within ten years of their arrival) and related professionals (e.g., curators, gallerists, dealers, patrons, publishers, critics, teachers and art suppliers), as well as their professional affiliations and networks.

     

    This database is the principal outcome of our ongoing research and is an extension of previous research carried out by our Collections and Curatorial team for our related site exploring the Ben Uri Collection. The information is searchable in a number of ways, which are all detailed in the Collection menu.

     
  • WHO IS BURU ONLINE FOR?

     BURU online is aimed at researchers, academics, students, provenance researchers, those interested in exile and migration studies, and interested members of the public, including family members and estates, auction houses, art dealers, journalists, politicians and the publishing industry.

     
  • Our database includes the following people

     

    1. ARTISTS

    • Immigrant artists to Britain since 1900

    • Artists born to immigrant parents within 10 years of the former's arrival 

    • Artists adversely affected by the period of National Socialism c.1933-1945

     

    2. OTHER PEOPLE OF SPECIAL INTEREST

    • Immigrant scholars, curators, critics, teachers, art suppliers, gallerists, dealers and patrons

     
  • YOU CAN DISCOVER REMARKABLE LIFE STORIES BY

    •  Name

    • Year of birth, year of death

    • City (where known) and country of birth

    • City (where known) and country of death

    • Year of immigration to Britain

    • Reason for immigration to Britain

    • Principal city/cities of residence in Britain

    • Short biography

    • Education at art school (where applicable), e.g., a student or teacher

    • Work in public collections (e.g., Tate, British Museum etc)

    • Honours (e.g., RA, Sir etc)

    • Selected exhibition history: Major museum exhibitions during lifetime and major posthumous museum exhibitions

    • Selected literature: e.g., biographies, monographs

    • Photo

    • Photo credit (photographer)

    • Photo credit (copyright)