Travelling to Canberra this spring? If so, the Australian War Memorial is a must-see. There are good reasons for its ranking as TripAdvisor’s No. 1 Australian landmark for 2014.
The Australian War Memorial is one of the world’s great museums. It is also the premier archive and centre for research into the history of Australia’s involvement in war. The Memorial commemorates the courage and sacrifice of all Australian men and women who have served their nation on operational service.
Here you can discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that shaped Australia.
Exhibition feature: Reality in flames
Modern Australian artists were immersed in the Second World War. They served in the armed forces, worked with labour groups or in factories, and were appointed as official artists observing, recording, and interpreting Australia’s wartime experience.
Drawing on their immediate experiences, these men and women responded to the upheaval and anxiety of the period to create powerful imagery that explored all aspects of life during war. In particular, they were inspired to create modern and innovative visual forms to interpret the experience of combat, the powerfully destructive machinery of war, and the vast social upheaval produced by global conflict.
Reality in flames: modern Australian art in the Second World War is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring how Australian modernist artists responded creatively to the Second World War. The exhibition consists of 90 works of art drawn from the Australian War Memorial’s collection; taken together they constitute one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of modern Australian art relating to war. Many were created through the official war art scheme by men and women commissioned to record the experience of Australians fighting overseas or of home front wartime activity. This tradition began during the First World War and continues today.
View the Reality in flames education kit here.