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Blavatnik Galleries: artists’ responses to war at last given the space they deserve

Gassed, by John Singer Sargent (c 1919, detail) CREDIT IWMGetty Images

Gassed, by John Singer Sargent (c 1919, detail) CREDIT: IWM/Getty Images

Tomorrow, on the eve of Armistice Day, London’s Imperial War Museum opens its Blavatnik Galleries, displaying some of its fine collection of paintings, film and photography of war since 1914.  Among the displays are screenings of documentary footage of battle, and of propaganda films. Also, a small dedicated space in the gallery is a cinema where one can sit throughout the IWM’s opening hours and watch documentaries on the two world wars and other conflicts. Such display space was badly needed: the IWM owns 12 million photographs, and 23,000 hours of film footage, which can now be properly shared with the public. Read The Telegraph‘s full review here.

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