In “The Art of War”, I put a work of art that has to do with the Second World War in the spotlight. The works I select may be propaganda pieces, antiwar works, or deal more objectively with the war and its aftermath. This week, Polish avant-garde artist Franciszka Themerson’s Soldiers Marching on a Beach and Struggling Figures in a Landscape (both 1946), which I saw at Tate Modern recently.
Like D-Day, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, the 2019 anniversary of the outbreak of World War II has a lovely round number: yesterday, on 1 September 1939, it was precisely 80 years ago. Though this is hardly a date worth celebrating, … Continue reading Re:spect: Clare Hollingworth and the outbreak of World War II
In “The Art of War”, I put a work of art that has to do with the Second World War in the spotlight. The works I select may be propaganda pieces, antiwar works, or deal more objectively with the war and its aftermath. This week, Roy Lichtenstein’s Wall Explosion II (1965), which I was lucky enough to see in real life at Tate Modern recently.
We need to talk about statues. No matter where you live, there’s likely to be a couple of them in prominent places, enshrining important events, celebrating local legends or praising notable individuals. Statues and sculptures are often the defining features of a place, a visual … Continue reading Re:visit: women of WWII memorials
For the past few days, the news here in the Netherlands has been dominated by the publication of the Dutch edition of the Nashville statement. This document, which was originally drawn up by radical Christian organisations in the US in 2017, protests against gay marriage, … Continue reading Re:member: Godwin’s law, the Internet meme promoting Holocaust remembrance
What makes me happiest about starting Re:war are the positive reactions I get when I tell people about it. When I told my good friend Hannah about Re:war, she was incredibly excited and came up with all kinds of ideas for articles to contribute. Hannah … Continue reading Re:reading WWII in the digital age [guest blog]
I recently finished reading the Dutch translation of Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me (2016) by the South African journalist Marianne Thamm. The Dutch title doesn’t namedrop these famous figures; instead, it translates to “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being”, which, let’s be real, would make a really … Continue reading Re:view: “Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me” by Marianne Thamm