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Public Art and Sculpture 3: Refugees from Nazi Europe Lecture

Public Art and Sculpture 3: Refugees from Nazi Europe  Lecture

Thursday 3 November 2022 at 6.30pm

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

A lecture by Monica Bohm-Duchen about the émigré sculptors who created works still visible in public spaces throughout the UK, and whose names and life stories remain little examined.

Among the 300 or so visual artists who found sanctuary from Nazi persecution in the UK during the 1930s, there were a significant number of sculptors whose practice included commissions for diverse public spaces. While many of these works have become a taken-for-granted feature of the (mostly) urban landscape, too little attention has been paid to those who created them.

Monica will examine both their pre-and post-war careers, paying particular attention to the circumstances of their arrival, the challenges involved in their integration into British cultural life, and the support networks that enabled them to establish themselves and ultimately to thrive here.

The sculptors to be discussed include Siegfried Charoux, Peter Peri, Georg Ehrlich, Franta Belsky, Ernst Müller-Blensdorf, Bernard Schottlander, Oscar Nemon and Fred Kormis.

Monica Bohm-Duchen is a London-based art historian and founding director of the ongoing Insiders Outsiders project, which celebrates the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture.

C20 Society Members: £ 10 Non-members: £ 15

Includes a glass of wine

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: Sculpture (1970) Bernard Schottlander, Milton Keynes Photograph:  Chris Guy


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