World War I: War of Images, Images of War
Date: Daily, November 18, 2014 - April 19, 2015,
Location: Research Institute Galleries I and II, Getty Center
World War I: War of Images, Images of War looks back on the art and visual culture of the First World War. This was a war of unprecedented mechanized slaughter, but it was also a conflict over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe. The exhibition demonstrates the distinctive ways in which each combatant nation utilized visual culture to help defeat its enemies and shows how artists developed their own visual language to convey and cope with the gruesome horrors they witnessed. Drawing principally from the Getty Research Institute's collections, the exhibition features a range of satirical journals, rare books, and prints, as well as firsthand accounts such as a war diary, correspondence from the front, "trench art" made by soldiers, and interviews with veterans, all of which capture the trauma of this first modern war.