Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11

IWM London
Coming Soon: 26 October 2017 - 28 May 2018

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Child £7.50
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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 will feature 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 will be exhibited publically 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 will be presented through 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), which will be 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 Marble Stand (2015), in which the artist memorialises the apparatus of CCTV surveillance by replicating it in marble, and Drone Shadow Predator – a site-specific installation by James Bridle, which will be installed on the floor of the Atrium at IWM London.

Tickets

Members enjoy free admission to our exhibitions. Why not join today?

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

Audio equipment generously provided by Bowers & Wilkins.

Image 1: Jitish Kallat, Circadian Rhyme 1, 2011 © The Artist / Photo Thelma Garcia / Courtesy Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris-Brussels.
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.