For Love of Country will mark the Art Gallery of WA contribution to Perth’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Australian Gallipoli campaign.

Drawn from the State Art Collection, this exhibition presents a compelling mix of historical works from the First and Second World Wars, together with contemporary works that reflect on wider issues and conflicts.

Historical works on paper by such artists as Frank Brangwyn, Will Dyson, Arthur Streeton, Kathe Kollwitz, Paul Nash and Howard Taylor provide poignant evocations of life on the Western Front and in prisoner detention camps. By contrast, contemporary Australian artist, Tom Nicholson’s Comparative Monument (Palestine) (2013), offers an alternative perspective on the Middle East’s arena of war, by documenting the many monuments to the Palestinian campaign that feature in Australian cities and country towns. Lebanese-born, now Sydney-based artist, Khaled Sabsabi, shows the devastating effects of war through a large installation of painted photographs of war-torn landscapes.

The exhibition provides a powerful visual narrative of the many forms of conflict across generations and countries and offers a reflective experience for viewers of war’s grim legacy on people and places.

Image credit: Erich Czech, Garden in the Camp of Rottnest Island, 1914 1914, State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia



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