Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries the development of flight and aerial warfare has informed and inspired new artistic perspectives.
Visions of War Above and Below shows a variety of imaginative responses to conflict, from surreal depictions of aircraft as creatures, to abstract views of bombing raids and detailed drawings of life in submarines. These artworks, spanning the First World War through to 21st century conflict, are brought together in order to present multiple viewpoints of war above and below.
Highlights from IWM’s art collection include Paul Nash’s Battle of Germany (1944) and Alison Wilding’s Drones drawings (2012), together with new additions to the collection on display for the first time. Among these is Bashar Alhroub’s video work Heavenly (2010), a joint acquisition with Wolverhampton Art Gallery funded by Art Fund’s Renew scheme.