July 23, 2013, 10:54 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- A large-scale exhibition looking at art's response to warfare will be the first collection open to the public at the rejuvenated Imperial War Museum, which has been closed for six months. The event – and the museum itself – opens on July 29th, and will remain there until May of next year. Entry to the Lambeth museum is free of charge.
The selection takes in British works from the past hundred years. The First World War is featured heavily in anticipation of next year's centenary of the conflict's commencement. As well as depictions of the battlefield itself, the collection looks at the machinery of warfare - including munitions factories and political theatre - and the effect of war on the general public.
Exhibits include Henry Carr's 1944 painting 'Liberation' and Paul Hogarth's 1981 drawing of the Berlin Wall. Watercolours include David Baxter's compelling 'The Dining Room', which depicts the Red Cross headquarters in Boulogne in 1918. 'Architecture of War' also looks at the machinations of The Cold War, and the devastating aftermath of the recent Afghanistan conflicts.
Alongside the new exhibition is the IWM's usual array of weaponry, tanks, submarines, and the moving Trench Experience, which aims to give visitors a small insight into life on the frontlines.
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