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War Rooms - Danielle Arnaud

'Dessau' by Marius Pfannenstiel (photograph)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled War Rooms will be on display at Danielle Arnaud from July 1 to July 31, 2011.

It features the work of 22 artists: John Allman, Marcel Broodthaers, Fran Burden, Sandra Cross, William English, Hywel Wyn Jones, Barry Kemp, Denzil Forrester, Oona Grimes, Tony Grisoni, Tony Hayward, Christian Israel, David Lamelas, Karl Maibaum, Ulla Maibaum, Paddy Molloy, Philip Parkinson, Marius Pfannenstiel, Kevin Rowe, Gerry Smith, Walter Swennen and Sabine Thöele.

Speaking about the exhibition, Gerry Smith asks: “What happens when ‘The Subject of War’ meets ‘The Sovereignty of Art’?”

And he goes on: “In 2011, war seems ever present in one form or another. There is no time to catch your breath.

“Unlike the Artists’ Rifles (1882-1921), artists today take on this subject at a time of their choosing and not always in reaction to a specific conflict. Being neither journalists nor historians, they are free from troublesome responsibilities.

“They like to twist and turn this subject in a very personal, individual way. This is certainly true of the 22 artists in this exhibition. They have various nationalities. They have taken on various wars. They use various mediums.

“One of my interests in putting together this exhibition is to see if anything unifies this varied production apart from my selection. Is perhaps an artist’s contribution in all this, that of helping unload a loaded subject?

“The next time you visit the Royal Academy, before entering its doors look to your right and there you will see a plaque to the Artists Rifles Association. On their website you will see a reference to their badge which consists of two heads, one being Mars – God of War and the other Minerva – Goddess of Wisdom. I would like to finish with a quote from one of their songs:

“Mars, he was the God of war, and didn’t stop at trifles. Minerva was a bloody whore. So hence The Artists’ Rifles.”

Times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2pm – 6pm (or by appointment).

Danielle Arnaud, 123 Kennington Road, London, SE11 6SF UK

Tel: +44(0) 207 735 8292

The Gallery will be closed over the summer for refurbishment and will reopen in early october.