CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION

Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National World War I Museum and Memorial will host a series of special exhibitions, programs, and events to commemorate the first global war in history. Highlights of the Museum's offerings are below. See the Museum's Upcoming Events for a full list of programs.



Rearranging History: Daniel MacMorris and the Panthéon de la Guerre

Dec. 15, 2015 - March 27, 2016, Memory Hall

Posted: November 30, 2015
What happened to the world's largest painting? Kansas City artist Daniel MacMorris helped the Museum acquire the Panthéon de la Guerre in 1956. He then cut and pasted sections from the huge canvas, rearranged them, painted in new individuals and fit the newly configured composition to the north wall of Memory Hall, where it remains today. The exhibition explores the vast fragments left behind by MacMorris – the majority having never been seen in public since the Panthéon's last showing in its entirety in 1940.  Read More

The Second Battlefield: Nurses in the First World War

Nov. 3, 2015 - March 6, 2016, Research Level Gallery

Posted: October 20, 2015
This exhibition of predominantly French WWI artwork aligns with the quasi-myths of wartime nursing as described by author Christine Hallett: the courageous voluntary aid detachment, the romantic nurse and the “nurse-as-heroine.” On loan from the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.  Read More

Symposium: November 6-7, 2015

Global War, 1915 | Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli and an America Divided

Posted: August 03, 2015
Explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. Follow the trajectories of different countries around the world as the conflict escalated to total war, including fighting in the colonies and East Asia, stalemate in the West, Churchill’s disaster at Gallipoli, mobilization at home, and the polarization of American society around the issue of war.  Read More

A Centenary of Australian War Art

July 17 - Dec. 6, 2015, Memory Hall

Posted: June 29, 2015
The most comprehensive collection of Australian war art ever seen outside of Australia consists of artworks from the Australian War Memorial depicting Australian military experience from the First World War to Afghanistan. The exhibition features Australia’s best known war artists, including George Lambert and Arthur Streeton, and the works highlight the crucial role Australians played in some of the most defining moments in modern history.  Read More

Sand to Snow: Global War 1915

May 1, 2015 - April 17, 2016, Exhibit Hall

Posted: April 23, 2015
The year 1915 was pivotal in terms of the world-wide involvement in the war. World War I was the first truly global war starting in Europe, then spreading to Africa, Asia and the Near East. The European powers mobilized their colonies and commonwealths around the world. Soldiers and laborers from Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Caribbean were sent to Europe and the Near East to fight.  Read More

Drawn to War The Political Cartoons of Louis Raemaekers

March 24 - Oct. 18, 2015, Research Level Gallery

Posted: March 19, 2015
Showcased in this exhibition, Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers, described as the “supreme cartoonist of the war,” used his pencils as a weapon to create powerful impressions characterizing and criticizing the nature and legacy of war.  Read More

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