Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War
23 June 2017 – 1 January 2018
Discover an original rebel of 20th century British art in a major new exhibition.
Wyndham Lewis lived through a time of unprecedented violence and change. Two world wars and the nuclear threat meant he was never out of the shadow of conflict. This exhibition, the largest retrospective of his work ever seen in the UK, marks one hundred years since he was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917.
The key periods of his life are covered, starting before the First World War when he founded the avant-garde movement, Vorticism. Always a controversial figure, he remained a radical force in both art and literature through the wars and beyond, reinventing himself according to his own inclinations and the mood of the times.
The exhibition is organised into themes such as The Man of the World, Beyond Action and Reaction, The Enemy, and Self-Condemned, and brings together over 160 artworks, books and journals. Works include The Crowd (1915) from his Vorticist period and A Battery Shelled (1919) which was commissioned by the British War Memorial Committee.