Culture Under Attack is a season of three exhibitions that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the very things that help make lives worth living.
Curated in partnership with Historic England, the exhibition What Remains explores why culture and heritage are attacked during war. The exhibition will highlight both historic and contemporary instances where buildings, places, art and artefacts have been deliberately targeted by people who wish to exploit or even erase whole civilizations from history, as well as examples of resistance, protection and restoration.
Taking IWM’s own story as its starting point, Art in Exile uncovers how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated and protected during the Second World War. Presenting that which was saved and referencing that which was not, the exhibition will examine the important wartime role of cultural organisations and the balance they struck between hiding, preserving and displaying collections.
Just as buildings and artworks are threatened during conflict, so too is music. Rebel Sounds is an immersive exhibition that reveals how groups and individuals used music to resist, rebel and speak out against war and oppression. Specifically drawing on examples from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Northern Ireland in the 1970s, Serbia in the 1990s and present day Mali, the exhibition will explore the significance of music in relation to cultural and personal identity.