IWM London exhibition highlights
Look out for Kennard’s seminal series, Stop, which features paintings of the political unrest in the 1960s – from the Paris student riots to the American anti-Vietnam War protests. This collection spotlights Kennard’s political awakening as a young student activist.
Also worth a look is the Decoration series, a body of work from much later in Kennard’s career, which responded to the 2003 Iraq war. These photomontages are based on US and UK military medals - but the flags and ribbons are frayed, and the medallions are replaced with the bandaged heads of war victims.
Haywain with Cruise Missiles
Make sure you check out the specially designed area of the exhibition that feels like an archival store. Here, Kennard’s photomontages from the 1970s and 80s are displayed in their original forms, alongside various distributions of posters, badges, placards and t-shirts. These pieces include Haywain with Cruise Missiles - Kennard’s satirical re-working of John Constable’s Haywain, which comments on the location of an American Missile base in Greenham Common.
Unofficial War Artist finishes with another specially created art installation for the show entitled, Boardroom. This piece examines the history of conflict, juxtaposing Kennard’s recurrent violent imagery with a numerical audit of the human and financial cost of war.
This much-anticipated exhibition promises to provide a provocative and eye-opening insight into politics, conflict and war.
|What||Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist, IWM London|
|Where||Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London , SE1 6HZ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Lambeth North (underground)|
14 May 15 – 30 May 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more details|