26 October 2017 to 28 May 2018

Last admission to exhibition is 5pm

IWM London

£7.50 - £15

'The most important exhibition you'll see this year' Londonist

'Thoughtful, personal and reflective' The Mail on Sunday

'Incredible exhibition' BBC Radio London

'Provocative' The Times

See the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since 9/11. 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.

9/11 changed everything

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11

9/11 changed everything

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.

Artwork in gallery space of mirrored squares
Iván Navarro, The Twin Towers, 2011 © The Artist / Photo Thelma Garcia / Courtesy Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris-Brussels.

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.

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.

Hans-Peter Feldmann, 9/12 Front Page
Hans-Peter Feldmann, 9/12 Front Page

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.


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