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Spirits of War to Hands of Peace

Philip James de Loutherbourg 'Battle between Richard I and Saladin in Palestine', c. 1791-2, oil on canvas. © Leicester City Council

Spirits of War to Hands of Peace
26th March – 24th July 2011 (This exhibition is now closed)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

A new and exciting exhibition exploring the horrors of war and the power of peace. The exhibition showcases paintings, works on paper and sculptures by artists who have visualised war and conflict and their often hard-won opposites, peace and harmony.

The exhibition includes, de Loutherbourg who brings the Crusades to life in his bold composition of Richard I and Saladin locked in combat, German soldier turned painter Johannes Koelz, in his giant anti-war painting ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’, first shown to great acclaim at the museum in 2001.

The poignant sadness of life lost in battle is revealed in Liberich’s sculpture group of a dying Polish Commander, contrasted with Frank Topham’s ‘A Roman Triumph’, the victory parade of a Roman general through his great city.

Peace is revealed in its multiple forms, from Bill Ming’s wood sculpture ‘A Lesson in Trust’ featuring an embracing couple, to Alan Parker’s portraits offering hope through family ties of warmth and loyalty renewed and quietly celebrated.

A selection of postcards and posters of works from the exhibition are available in the museum shop.

Spirits of War to Hands of Peace image gallery.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am  - 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Free Admission

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

T: 0116 225 4900

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