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.
Exhibition curator: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Sciences Po.
In collaboration with Marie-Laure Bernadac, curator, and Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Musée National Eugène Delacroix
From May 28 to October 6, 2014
Musée du Louvre-Lens
Temporary Exhibition Gallery