IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

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The 2019 season at the Imperial War Museum hosted three exhibitions — What Remains, Art in Exile, and Rebel Sounds — spanning 100 years of history and revealing why some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate, and rebuild it.

Upon entering the grand lobby, the Split Flap can be heard as it clack- clack-clacks through messages. The alluring sound attracts visitors to the exhibit and sparks curiosity. The Split Flap addresses issues like, ‘is it okay to destroy culture in order to win a war?’, ‘should historic buildings be protected in conflict zones?’ and ‘should art be saved during war?’, among many others. The sound of the display’s individual flaps spinning creates a seductive effect, deeply connecting visitors with the matter at hand.

“Culture Under Attack is centered around memory and the loss of cultural objects. Split Flap Display is the ideal centerpiece for this season because it evokes a unique sense of the past in a contemporary way. Positioned in the space between the three exhibitions, the installation acts as an introduction to the season and poses questions to engage visitors with exhibition content.” – Michael Hoeshen, Head of Design, Imperial War Museum

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