OCTOBER 13 – NOVEMBER 11, 2018
The Great War: 100 Years After World War I is a group exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experiences, imagery, and impact of the First World War. The exhibit concludes on November 11, 2018, exactly one century since the war ended.
A complex web of alliances and grudges over past conflicts set the stage for a war that would engulf more than 30 countries over the course of 4 years. The Great War, as it was known prior to World War II, was largely defined by new technologies that had never been used at scale before. Decades of common war strategy was rendered virtually useless by the advent of machine guns, artillery, tanks, gas, and trench warfare.
The world was shocked by the scale of violence and destruction that the war left in its wake – Verdun and the Somme are still amongst the most deadly battles fought in history. France lost 27,000 in a single day at the Battle of the Frontiers while the British lost nearly 20,000 in one day at the Battle of the Somme.
The aim of this exhibit is to bring much needed attention to an often forgotten conflict. World War 1 set in motion a chain of events that would come to define the modern world, both in terms of the balance of power and the new ways that war would threaten the entire globe.