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.

IWM London

Lambeth Road, London, Greater London, SE1 6HZ

020 7416 5000


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Free to all

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