Imperial War Museum Presents Breakthrough Art Exhibition

The Imperial War Museum presents Breakthrough an art exhibition on view through 31st December 2010.

Breakthrough is a major re-hang of the Imperial War Museum’s outstanding collection of British art. The display incorporates important artworks from the official art schemes of both world wars and significant non-official and contemporary works. The Government schemes selected some of the most avant-garde artists of the day to respond to war, and the Museum continues, in this tradition, to collect and commission the very best contemporary artists responding to current events.

Among the items on display will be work by some of the most important British artists of the last century including Paul Nash, CRW Nevinson, Henry Moore, John Piper and Eric Ravilious, as well as a changing selection of contemporary works.

UPDATE: Night Visions 20 November 2010 – 6 March 2011

The danger and disorientation of the Blackout, the terror of night raids and new encounters with a strange nocturnal landscape provided fertile subject matter for British artists during the Second World War.

Works by artists such as Graham Sutherland, William Scott, Roger Nicholson and Leslie Cole, reveal artists revelling in a surreal beauty emerging from the darkness of wartime, in this new exhibition entitled Night Visions.

Admission free

Image: Battle of Britain, Paul Nash, 1941, oil on canvas, IWM ART LD1550

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ

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