Visions of War Above and Below

2 Apr 2015 – 25 Sep 2016

Event times

IWM London is open daily 10am - 6pm

Cost of entry


Imperial War Museum

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 1, 3, 12, 45, 53, 59, 63, 68, 100, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176,188, 344, 360, 453, C10)
  • Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line) Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee Line) Southwark (Jubilee Line) Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo, Northern Line)

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A new exhibition focusing on art of the 20th and 21st centuries produced in response to developments in flight and aerial warfare, and the new artistic perspectives as a result.


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.


Claire Brenard

Exhibiting artists

Frances Macdonald

Richard C. Carline

Simon Black

Paul Nash

Alan Sorrell

Peter Kalkhof

Harry Hellawell

David Bomberg

Francis Dodd RA

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