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12 March 2015
For Love of Country
On display at AGWA 4 April - 20 July 2015 | FREE

For Love of Country marks the Gallery’s contribution to Perth’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Australian Gallipoli campaign. Drawn from your State Art Collection, this exhibition presents a compelling mix of historical works from the First and Second World Wars, together with contemporary works that reflect on wider issues and conflicts.
The works on display span a 100-year period, ranging in date from 1914 to 2014, yet many similar themes are discernible. Lithographs by one of Australia’s first official war artists, Will Dyson, and watercolours by an unknown artist both document the physical destruction of war as seen on the Western Front in the First World War, and complement the hand-coloured photographs of contemporary war-torn landscapes by Lebanese-born, Sydney-based artist, Khaled Sabsabi. More celebratory are a series of posters of ‘Ideals’, produced in 1919 as part of the British Ministry of Information’s The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals. By contrast, contemporary Australian artist Tom Nicholson’s Comparative Monument (Palestine) 2013, offers an alternative perspective on the Middle East’s arena of war, by documenting the many monuments to the Palestinian campaign that feature in Australian cities and country towns.
Other works offer reflections on the quieter moments of war, as seen in the pages of sketchbooks by two artists. Erich Czech, interned on Rottnest Island from 1914-1919 as an enemy alien due to his German background, left us with a series of images of the POW camp there, and Howard Taylor, interned in Germany in a later conflict, recorded aspects of his daily life there. Historical works on paper by William Dobell, Louis Kahan and Edmond Kapp also focus on the human face of the Second World War in their images of military and civilian experience, while Paul Nash, Frank Norton and Thomas Newton concentrate on the depiction of the machinery of war.
AGWA Director, Stefano Carboni says, “The exhibition as a whole provides a powerful visual narrative of the many forms of conflict across generations and countries, and offers a reflective experience for viewers of war’s grim legacy on people and places.”


ANZAC Long Weekend

11am – 3pm, Sat 25 – Mon 27 April

Join together to create poppies from recycled materials in remembrance and honour of those who have fought to protect our freedom. The finished poppies will be collected and displayed as part of a larger art installation in the Gallery over the ANZAC long weekend.

11am, 1pm & 2pm, Sat 25 – Mon 27 April

AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides will take you through the exhibition For Love of Country exploring the impact and depiction of war through art since World War I. Discover the stories and experiences behind some of the artworks as we discuss the impact that conflict has had on our community and identity across the centuries.

School Holidays
Thu 9 - Sat 11 & Thu 16 - Sat 18 April



Guided Tours | FREE
Conflict and compassion in art
11am & 1pm, Mondays in April
11am and 1pm, Wed & Sun in May & June
11am & 1pm, Saturdays in July (until 18 July)

Guided Tours are approximately 45 minutes long and are suitable for all ages, including children.

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For more information, interviews and imagery please contact Tanya Sticca on 9492 6692 or email
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Erich Czech Garden in the Camp of Rottnest Island, 1914 1914. Pen and ink and grey wash with touches of green and red, on card, 9.7 x 13 cm (corners rounded). State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Gift of Mr R V Hale, 1978.
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