We join the international community in condemning the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and are appalled by the mounting humanitarian crisis the conflict is creating.

The Warburg Institute was itself a refugee from an earlier conflict in Europe. The fact that it was rescued from Hamburg when the Nazis came to power in 1933 and is thriving in London today is due to the inspiration and generosity of the many people who have supported it over time.

The Institute has played a unique role in the understanding of art, ideas and culture—especially as they move across geographical and chronological boundaries.  In our fraught time its role is more important than ever to act as a beacon for friendship and scholarship, and to give shelter to displaced scholars and collections.

Today the Institute has a special commitment to helping scholars affected by the crisis in Ukraine and we are working with University of London to help in any way that we can.  We encourage people who need assistance or other organisations that are able to join forces to get in touch with us at warburg@sas.ac.uk