Architecture of War
29 Jul 2013 – 6 Jan 2014
One of three temporary exhibitions at IWM London as the venue partially reopens during its refurbishment.
Architecture of War is not so much a new exhibition, but a rehang of the museum's existing art collection. Spanning from the First World War right up to the present day, the display looks at how British artists have responded to the impact of warfare on the landscape and environment.
Revealingly, there's a real mix of subject matter; from the united purpose of humans and machines in factories to the claustrophobic conditions of control rooms and shelters, to the palpable tension looming over a divided city.
Ruined buildings feature prominently throughout the collection, a stark reminder of the destructive effect that War has on the lives of everyday people.
Bringing together a selection of oil paintings, prints, sketches, drawings, watercolours and photographs, the display includes works by a host of notable artists including William Orpen, Ronald Searle, William Scott and Langlands and Bell.