This thought-provoking exhibition showcases over 80 works produced between 1913 and 1919, examining the survival of the European artistic avant-garde in Paris during the First World War (1914-1918). Featuring important works by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Diego Riviera, the exhibition explores the experiences and creative evolution of the three artists, who, as foreigners living in France, were unable to participate directly in the military campaign. Prior to the war, Paris was home to a vibrant, dynamic art scene, and whilst the majority of artwork produced during the wartime period reflected the suffering of soldiers, this group of artists responded to the anxiety and fear with the development of a creative and positive artistic movement built upon cubist aesthetics with architectural elements. The exhibition also explores the role of other artists in similar circumstances, such as Gino Severini, as well as French artists Henri Matisse and Henri Laurens, who were unable to fight for various reasons, and produced some of their most experimental works during this period.
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