One hundred years after the First World War, Tate Britain explores the impact that it had in the art worlds of Britain, Germany and France, in its exhibition "Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One." A roundup of around 150 works from 916 to 1932 by artists such as George Grosz, Fernand Leger, and C.R.W. Nevinson make up the display, which runs through September 23, 2018.
The post-war period was a tumultuous one, leaving Europe with scars, physical, psychological and, consequently, cultural. Artists, at the time, explored new ways of responding to the experience of war, the culture of remembrance, and the rebuilding of cities and societies. "Aftermath" examines the culture of memorials, new developments in post-war art it and how artists in Europe responded to the consequences of war.
"George Grosz and Otto Dix exposed the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society, Hannah Hoch and Andre Masson were instrumental in the birth of new art forms Dada and Surrealism, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights returned to tradition and Classicism, whilst others including Fernand Leger and C.R.W Nevinson produced visions of the city of the future as society began to rebuild itself," says the museum.
The exhibition explores the different forms that memorials took and their importance for social and political cohesion. It also shows the more personal memorials created using relics of the battlefield such as shrapnel and mortar shells.
“Aftermath” contains larger and smaller stories, desolation and devastation, death, loss, cries, and people in despair, flags and crosses, war widows and orphans. It is a powerful show that chronicles the destructive impact of the first world war through artists’ eyes.
The exhibition will be on view through September 23, 3028 at Tate Britain, Millbank; London, SW1.
For details, visit: http://uk.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/1175400/museum-overview
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin