Last night, 9th Nov – a new gallery opened at the Imperial War Museums, The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries.
On receiving our invitation to the galleries opening we sent PAN’s new event-reporter James Claydon who shot the images above reporting: “What a great exhibition space this is – as close to a comprehensive visual representation of conflict as one could expect. The blending of photography, video and art from 1914 to now is both sympathetic and thought provoking.”
IWM’s new Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries provide a vivid account of modern war. Showcasing the experiences and innovations of artists, filmmakers and photographers, these galleries explore the complex tension between creativity and destruction.
The show included John Singer Sargent’s iconic artwork, Gassed, returns to IWM London (see last photo) – Commissioned by the government’s British War Memorials Committee (BWMC), the monumental painting depicts the aftermath of a mustard gas attack on the Western Front in August 1918 and is the most requested image at the IWM licensing dept.
• The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries has received generous support from the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of world-renowned educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions, and is headed by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, the global industrialist and philanthropist. The Foundation is the predominant funder for the Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries.
Plan your visit to the new Galleries open today here.
Thanks James + 1!
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