2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, affording opportunities for reflection on the world’s largest conflagration, and the manner in which art can recalibrate humanity in times of crisis. Addressing these themes, Dick Averns will discuss the extant he curated for They Never Talked About it: Untold Stories WW II.

Currently on display at the University of Calgary’s Founders’ Gallery, at The Military Museums, this major exhibition draws 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 produced by both Allied and Axis powers: notable inclusions are paintings 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. They Never Talked About It: Untold Stories WW II is open daily and runs until December 31, 2020.


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Charles Goldhamer, Pedicle Attached to Face, 1945.
Canadian War Museum 19710261-3851, Beaverbrook Collection of War Art