Praise for art exhibition

Post date: 14/12/2014

The IBMT is proud to be a sponsor of the exhibition Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War, which is currently at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. 


The exhibition has justifiably received excellent coverage in a variety of press including The Art Newspaper, El País, El MundoThe Times, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Spectator, Morning Star, Socialist Worker, The Argus, West Sussex Gazette, as well as numerous other publications, social media and blogs. 


“Pallant House’s original, absorbing new exhibition Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War….as this emotive show wonderfully suggests, the art and literature of the Spanish civil war sounded through the decades notes of freedom that could coexist with a sense of defeat, perhaps even rang out more powerfully and poignantly because of it.”  

Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times


“This is an exhibition worth seeing: proof even that in this, the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War’s end, it continues to reveal itself from fascinating, new perspectives.” 

Alastair Smart **** The Telegraph


“For this exhibition demonstrates that artists and radicals saw a truth the British political establishment ignored… This is a moving visual history of a time when young British artists stood shoulder to shoulder with Picasso in a struggle – as they rightly saw it – for the future of humanity.” Jonathan Jones, **** The Guardian


“This exemplary show… meticulously researched and curated by Simon Martin on a slender budget, is exactly what a major museum such as Tate Britain ought to put on instead of one of its bloated surveys of period stars – Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth – whose reputations scarcely need further enlargement. It is rousing, revelatory and poignant: a fragment of British art and political life brought back from oblivion.” 

Laura Cummings, The Observer


“On the British side the big hitters are Henry Moore and Wyndham Lewis — batting half-heartedly for the nationalist team — but most of the names are less familiar, in keeping with Pallant House Gallery’s continuing mission of introducing us to modern British artists we don’t know, but should.” 

Laura Gascoigne, The Spectator


“Together with its catalogue, this informative and well-researched exhibition of art, documentation and rare memorabilia makes a valuable contribution to knowledge about 1930s British politically aware art… It will hopefully galvanise a new generation to create politically committed art.” 

Christine Lindey, Morning Star


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Pictured: Poster image by Frank Brangwyn and “Spanish Head” by FE McWilliam.

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