"Your emotions … experiences and memories ... Will bring to bear on what you put down on paper.”
Rita Duffy, artist
IWM’s new Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries provide a vivid account of modern war.
Showcasing the experiences and innovations of artists, filmmakers and photographers, these galleries explore the complex tension between creativity and destruction.
Discover how visual practitioners are also powerful narrators who shape how we think and feel about conflict, and the role of art, film and photography in influencing public opinion.
Over 500 works chosen for display reflect the seismic social, cultural and political changes across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the individual perspectives of their makers.
IWM has built an extraordinarily rich and unique collection of art, film and photography, regularly collecting and commissioning works since our inception in 1917.
For the first time, these enthralling new galleries display our diverse art collection alongside our extensive era-defining film and photography collections.
Get up close to John Singer Sargent’s monumental painting Gassed, on display for the first time since undergoing significant conservation work. Discover Olive Edis – one of the first women in Britain to build a career in freelance photography.
Learn about filmmaker Paul Eedle who reported on the invasion of Iraq between January and April 2003 through his collection of practitioner objects, and step into our screening rooms to immerse yourself in artist films, real-life stories and documentaries from the First World War to the present day.
As in previous developments at IWM London, Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries will be free to enter, making more of IWM’s world-class collection available and accessible to all.
Screening Space and Art Box
The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries feature The Screening Space and the Art Box.
The Art Box features contemporary moving-image artwork on a rolling schedule by artists including Omer Fast and Coco Fusco. The Art Box is located in the Perspectives and Frontiers Gallery.
The Screening Space shows feature length films and documentaries from IWM’s historical collection. It is located in the Mind and Body Gallery. The schedule can be found below:
About the Blavatnik Family Foundation
The Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries has received generous support from the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of world-renowned educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions, and is headed by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, the global industrialist and philanthropist. The Foundation is the predominant funder for the Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries.
John Singer Sargent, Gassed, 1919 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1460)
Artworks include John Singer Sargent’s iconic six-metre-long painting Gassed, 1919, which moved contemporary audiences to tears as it brought home the reality of First World War fighting.
Colourised footage artistic rendition 2018 – THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD by WingNut Films with Peter Jackson. Original black and white film © IWM.
Highlights from IWM’s film collection, one of the oldest in the world, will include Peter Jackson’s award-winning 2018 film They Shall Not Grow Old, which reinterpreted original archive footage into an unprecedented, colourful depiction of the First World War.
© IWM HU 137980
The Galleries will also include images from the portfolios of renowned photographers and photojournalists.
The image above was the last photo taken by conflict photojournalist and videographer Tim Hetherington on 20th April 2011.