Toledo Museum of Art to open World War I exhibitionWritten by Jordan Finney | | email@example.com
A new exhibit at Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) aims to portray the emotional toll and physical carnage of World War I.
“The Great War: Art on the Front Line” includes an array of paintings, books, prints and sculpture from the museum’s private collection, and will be on view from July 25 to Oct. 19 in Gallery 18. Admission is free.
TMA staff members said the art show is meant to highlight and honor the 100th anniversary of World War I.
“I thought we really should do something to mark the anniversary because the early decades of the 20th century were really a fertile period for art,” said curator Paula Reich, TMA’s interpretive projects and managing editor. “I think it shows the range of art from 1914-24. Some is very bleak in response to the suffering and some images look more hopefully at post-war society and utopian ideals.”
Galley 18 will display a total of about 60 pieces, many of which are not kept on permanent view for the public. More than two dozen well-known artists will be featured, including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Max Beckmann.
“A lot of the artists in this exhibition did fight in the war — several were wounded or suffered from shell shock,” Reich said. “I think that World War I has been eclipsed by World War II in the popular imagination and I think people will find it interesting to look at what an impact this war had. Art was a way of dealing with trauma, so this exhibition really underscores the importance of art as an expressive medium.”
The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday and major holidays.
For more information, call (419) 255-8000 or visit toledomuseum.org.