Toledo Museum of Art to open World War I exhibitionWritten by Jordan Finney | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will portray the emotional toll and physical carnage of World War I in its upcoming exhibition, “The Great War: Art on the Front Line.”
The display 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. Like most TMA exhibitions, admission will be 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,” Reich said. “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.”