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Exhibition The Disasters of War

from May 28, 2014 to October 6, 2014

This exhibition looks at how artists contributed to a growing disenchantment with war, a movement initiated at the turn of the nineteenth century during the Napoleonic campaigns.

War has always occupied a core place in societal values, yet its necessity and inevitability has been increasingly discredited. While scenes of heroic battles had predominated in art, war began to be represented from every angle, including its most atrocious consequences on people, animals, nature, cities, and things.

In twelve sequences, the exhibition charts the major milestones in this little-known history, through some twenty conflicts and four hundred and fifty works by almost two hundred artists.

The exhibition The Disasters of War has been awarded the “Centenaire 1914-1918” label as part of the “Great War Centenary 14–18” commemorations, and forms part of the Guerres et Paix (Wars and Peaces) program of the association of museum curators for the Nord-Pas de Calais.

Organized by:

Exhibition curator: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Sciences Po.
In collaboration with Marie-Laure Bernadac, curator, and Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Musée National Eugène Delacroix

Your comments

  • Loved the exhibition but disappointed at not being able to buy postcards. I am particularly interested in the "Arc de Triomphe" installation of shell casing vases at the end of the exhibition as my maternal grandfather was a village blacksmith & my cousin & I have both inherited large brass vases, similar to those displayed in the installation. She wasn't able to visit the exhibition & I was unable to photograph it or to buy postcards of it , nor to find any more details about it. Was it created especially for the exhibition, have you photos, will it be exhibited elsewhere, who is the artist etc????
    Thank you for any help
    Anne Barry, Brighton, UK

    Annebarry, Oct 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  • Very interested to know if this will travel to the US & also whether there is an exhibition catalog.

    NancyKeefeRh, Aug 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm

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From May 28 to October 6, 2014

Musée du Louvre-Lens
Temporary Exhibition Gallery