Age of Terror: Art since 9/11

IWM London
Until 28 May 2018


Admission Price
Adult £15
Concession £10.50
Child £7.50
National Art Pass £7.50

See the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 features more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

The complex issues surrounding the global response to 9/11, the nature of modern warfare and the continuing state of emergency in which we find ourselves have become compelling subject matter for contemporary artists.

Artists’ unique ways of communicating through their art provide different levels of understanding. The stories they tell, whether first or second-hand, come from alternative viewpoints not always reflected in the mainstream media, often challenge our perceptions. 

Through 50 works of art including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which are exhibited publicly in the UK for the first time, this exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict.

Iván Navrro, The Twin Towers, 2011

The exhibition explores four key themes: artists’ direct or immediate responses to the events of 9/11, issues of state surveillance and security, our complex relationship with firearms, bombs and drones and the destruction caused by conflict on landscape, architecture and people.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is Iván Navarro’s The Twin Towers (2011), is exhibited in the UK for the first time. Navarro’s neon light installations recede deep within themselves, creating the illusion of an infinite concave space.

Grayson Perry, Dolls at Dungeness September 11th 2001, 2001

The exhibition also includes Dolls at Dungeness September 11th 2001 (2001) by Grayson Perry, Ai Weiwei’s Surveillance Camera with Plinth (2015), in which the artist memorialises the apparatus of CCTV surveillance by replicating it in marble, and Drone Shadow (2017) – a site-specific installation by James Bridle,  installed on the floor of the Atrium at IWM London.


Admission Price
Adult £15
Concession £10.50
Child £7.50
National Art Pass £7.50

Featured artists include: Lida Abdul, Khaled Abdul Wahed, Francis Alÿs, Cory Arcangel, Fiona Banner, James Bridle, Christoph Büchel, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Mahwish Chishty, Nathan Coley, David Cotterrell, Dexter Dalwood, Omer Fast, Coco Fusco, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, Rachel Howard, Shona Illingworth, Alfredo Jaar, Jitish Kallat, John Keane, kennardphillips, Fabian Knecht, Hanaa Malallah, Julie Mehretu, Sabine Mortiz, Iván Navarro, Tony Oursler, Trevor Paglen, Mai-Thu Perret, Grayson Perry, Jamal Penjweny, Gerhard Richter, Martha Rosler, Jim Ricks, Hrair Sarkissian, Indrė Šerpytytė, Santiago Sierra, Walid Siti, Taryn Simon, John Smith, Kerry Tribe, Ai Weiwei

Audio equipment generously provided by Bowers & Wilkins.

IWM London closes at 6pm, last admission to exhibition 5pm.

Image 1: Ai Weiwei, Surveillance Camera with Plinth, 2015 © Ai Weiwei Studio; Courtesy Lisson Gallery
Image 2: Iván Navarro, The Twin Towers, 2011 © The Artist / Photo Thelma Garcia / Courtesy Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris-Brussels.
Image 3: Grayson Perry, Dolls at Dungeness September 11th 2001, 2001 © Grayson Perry / Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Photo Stephen Brayne. 

Upcoming Events

IWM Short Film Festival 2017

17 November 2017

Daily, until 26 November.

From the Syria conflict to modern terrorism and from suffragette surgeons to war art, join us for a festival of films responding to past and contemporary conflict.


Documenting Terror: Conflict Journalism since 9/11

22 November 2017

How has the landscape of newsgathering evolved since 9/11? Join a panel of leading journalists, filmmakers and academics to discuss how conflicts and acts of terror have affected how media is produced and used by audiences and journalists alike. Ticket price Includes exhibition entry.

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