Review Round Up: Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War I, Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s latest exhibition explores the impact World War I had on British, German and French art. Here’s what critics have had to say about it…


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie. Acquired by the Federal State of Berlin © Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. 2018. 

The Guardian: **** “Aftermath is an essential show. It concerns the present and the future as much as the past.”

The Telegraph: ***** “stunning and unforgettable new exhibition”

The Independent: “The truly terrible acts of remembering through art – the work which arrests and horrifies even now, when we have become blithely inured to so much – often came some years later. Agony needs time to germinate in the dark perhaps.”

The Times: **** “This exhibition examines the ways in which artists responded to the carnage of the First World War. Some works will send you reeling.”

Evening Standard: ***** “The inevitable grimness of battlefields, memorials and wounds is made moving by art. We’re presented with ideas about cities reshaping themselves, new models of how to be modern people and the morbid effects on art of so much despair and death.”

The Arts Desk: “Aftermath is an enormous, ambitious exhibition and clearly a survey of the art that grew from the interwar years is considered relevant in the present time of fractures and demagogues (there is free entry for veterans and serving members of the armed forces). Its weakness lies in its vast scope – which is also paradoxically its strength.”

The Upcoming: **** “This is a show that avoids censorship or censure, sharing the wide range of artistic and social reactions to World War One across Britain, Germany and France and allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions. In this significant year, in which we are encouraged to remember the devastation wrought 100 years ago, Aftermath helps us to question not only what we remember, but also how and why.”

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War I will be on display at Tate Britain until the 23rd September. For more information visit:

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