2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, affording opportunities not just for reflection on the world’s largest conflagration, but also the manner in which art can recalibrate humanity in times of crisis. In relation to the new exhibition being mounted in the Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums, this presentation will focus on extant art being curated by Dick Averns for They Never Talked About it: Untold Stories WW II.
Drawing on the holdings of eight different collections and archives at The Military Museums, plus loans from other public institutions, Averns’ project features art and images and produced by both Allied and Axis powers. Notable inclusions are artworks by Canadian artist and POW Maxwell Bates, nose art from Royal Canadian Air Force planes, and a series of original propaganda pictures from Hitler’s offices in the Reichstag, that have never previously been exhibited.
Dick Averns is a Canadian artist, writer and educator as well as the Curatorial Coordinator for the Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums, University of Calgary.