Marking the centenary of the First World War, this large group exhibition will display a selection of work that examines the impact of military conflict on the mind, body and senses. In the past 100 years, artists have made work in an attempt to articulate the profound sensory experience of military technologies, which have advanced in recent years to an even greater capacity of destruction. The artists on display include Henry Lamb, CRW Nevinson, Paul Nash, Otto Dix, Nancy Spero, Richard Mosse and Omer Fast. There will also be work from the hibakusha; survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, created in the 1970s and displayed here in the UK for the first time. This exhibition traces a long and complicated history of personal trauma, beginning with Manchester Art Gallery’s own collection of First World War Art, and expanding worldwide to unite a collective vision of military conflict through eight main themes.

Sat 11 Oct 2014 – Sun 22 Feb 2015, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL, open daily 10am – 5pm, late night opening Thu until 9pm, FREE,

Image: Gas Mask (SJ54), Sophie Jodoin, 2008, from the Series Helmets and Gasmasks, 2007-9

Sat 11 Oct - Sun 22 Feb
Daisy Kidd
Published on:
Wed 18 Feb 2015