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Insiders/outsiders

Insiders/outsiders

Insiders/outsiders

The cultural impact of émigrés from Nazi Europe

This slideshow showcases a selection of the extraordinary men and women in the National Portrait Gallery Collection who emigrated to the United Kingdom from Continental Europe during the Nazi era. It explores their enduring impact on British art, music and literature. Visit Room 30, Room 31, and Room 32 in 2019 to discover works by émigrés in our Collection which are currently on display.

This slideshow is part of Insiders/ Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival taking place from March 2019 to March 2020 to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.