Truth and Memory

British Art of the First World War


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The largest exhibition and first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years and will include work by some of Britain's most important artists of the twentieth century.

Using artworks drawn mainly from IWM's national collection, this exhibition will assess the immediate impact and enduring legacy of British art of the First World War.

Truth will explore how artists encountering the front lines experimented with new forms of art to capture the totally unfamiliar experience of the First World War. Through the work of CRW Nevinson, Paul Nash and William Orpen, amongst others, the exhibition will consider British artists' quest for an authentic or 'truthful' representation of modern war.

Memory will move on to look at works produced at the end of the war and in its immediate aftermath, exploring the ambitious plans of Lord Beaverbrook's British War Memorials Committee and the Imperial War Museum to build an artistic record of the nation's war. Key commissioned paintings, such as Wyndham Lewis's A Battery Shelled, will be displayed alongside important sculptural works like Jacob Epstein's The Tin Hat and Eric Kennington's studies for his Soissons Memorial to the Missing.


Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
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Daily 10am-6pm



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