The exhibition 1917 at the Pompidou Metz Centre in Lorraine ends on September 24th. If you can, I really urge you to see it.
It's a huge, impressive, thought-provoking exhibition, taking a wide range of themes, from art inspired by the war by artists from Matisse to Picasso and British war artists. There are sections on destruction and creation, on the injuries many of the soldiers suffered and the masks worn by a theatre group, and much, much more.
1917 is the first of a series of exhibitions that will be held all over Europe on World War I, leading up to a European- and world-wide commemoration in 2014. It was a war that destroyed a generation and a way of life, a war that liberated women and changed the world. It was a war that led to apparently greater co-operation in Europe. It was the war that led to World War II. At the time, the world was shocked, horrified and left baffled at what had happened to a seemingly settled order.
"War broke: and now the Winter of the world
With perishing great darkness closes in."
Wilfred Owen, 1914