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Exhibition: Maggi Hambling - War Requiem

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 November 2020

Hambling's acclaimed installation is revived in the space for which it was specially created.

‘As a student I heard a recording of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem soon after its premiere at Coventry Cathedral in 1963. The piece’s dynamic combination of strangeness, horror, lament, fear, strife, tenderness, chilling authority and grandeur was unlike anything I had previously experienced.

In 2005 I visited Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin. At the end of a tilted corridor I recall a high, square, empty concrete room, featuring only a tiny barred window to one side and a short, pointless steel ladder to the other, both set way beyond human reach against the ceiling. You enter alone, through a thick steel door which is immediately closed behind you.

The profound and enduring power of both Britten’s music and the architecture of Libeskind’s room (which the Dovecote at Snape Maltings closely resembles) are important factors in my installation War Requiem. The paintings of victims and battlefields are my own response to the horror, destruction and futility of war.’

– Maggi Hambling

This installation is made possible by the generosity of The Monument Trust.