Imperial War Museums 2019: Season will explore Culture as Target of Warfare and UK’s first Major Exhibition on Yemen Crisis

Imperial War Museums (IWM) reveals its upcoming season of programming, with recent and on-going conflict at its forefront. Focus at IWM North will be the on-going humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and at IWM London culture as a target of war will be explored through events and free exhibitions – one of which is a partnership project with Historic England. Main image credit: ahmed_basha.

Yemen: Inside a Crisis, IWM North

In the UK’s first major exhibition to address the country’s on-going humanitarian crisis, Yemen: Inside a Crisis (17 May – 24 November 2019) will examine the real impact that the current war is having on its people. Questioning the causes of the crisis, this exhibition at IWM North will explore how the conflict, which started in 2014, has tipped the fragile nation into an economic tailspin. With food and water beyond affordability for most Yemenis, the exhibition will consider the catastrophic impact this has on the people of Yemen.

Complementing the exhibition at IWM North, conversations and programmes will be taken beyond the museum’s walls and onto the streets for the very first time throughout the duration of Yemen: Inside a Crisis. A series of pop-up conversations and artistic interventions in the city of Manchester’s public spaces will give members of the public an opportunity to hear and learn more about the humanitarian crisis and to ask questions. Dates: between 17 May – 24 November 2019.

Culture Under Attack, IWM London

IWM London’s major season of exhibitions and events, Culture Under Attack (5 July 2019 – 5 January 2020), will explore the impact of acts of war against what defines who we are – our culture. From the buildings we build for our communities to the tangible and intangible things we treasure as individuals, Culture Under Attack will invite visitors to consider what happens when culture is threatened, targeted or deliberately annihilated.

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A member of the Iraqi forces inspects the damage inside the destroyed museum of Mosul on April 2, 2017 after they recaptured it from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces seized the museum from IS on March 7 as they pushed into west Mosul as part of a vast offensive to oust the jihadists from the northern city.  AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Comprising three free exhibitions at IWM London, the season will include What Remains, an exhibition jointly curated in partnership with Historic England about the deliberate destruction of cultural places, the objects and stories that bring them to life and the rebuilding of culture that follows; Rebel Sounds, an immersive experience exploring the significance of music in relation to cultural and personal identity; and Art In Exile, which uncovers how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated and protected during the Second World War.

Live events will accompany these exhibitions, offering visitors to IWM London a unique opportunity to meet and take part in discussions with those who have risked their lives for the culture they love. Rebel Sounds Live, a series of musical performances and discussions by musicians and activists from across the globe, will reveal the stories of people who fought in times of conflict and oppression to keep the music alive.

Aligning with the season, the third IWM annual Remembrance lecture will bring together a panel of artists, archaeologists and academics to discuss cultural memory and its physical protection and preservation in conflict zones.

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