Exhibitions / MOSTYN | WAR [institutional leadership]

19.07.2014 to 02.11.2014

WAR is the third exhibition in a series at MOSTYN that looks at the history of the building, as well as the town of Llandudno, set within a wider context. The intention is to offer the opportunity for the public to engage with MOSTYN’s past, and for local people to explore their own history. The series takes the building’s former use as starting points from which to explore new avenues for the making and presentation of exhibitions and audience engagement.

Participating artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Taysir Batniji, Lara Favaretto, Christian Burnoski, Jason Dodge, Claire Fontaine, Ori Gersht, Bethan Huws, Kris Martin, Pedro Reyes, Michael Sailstorfer, Yoko Ono & John Lennon


WAR responds to Llandudno’s involvement in World War One and, in particular, MOSTYN’s former use as a drill hall at that time. Artworks by a group of international artists address the subject of war, its impact on society and the aftermath of destruction. While the concept and complexity of war have influenced the selection of artworks, so too has the notion of conflict. The consideration of conflict within the exhibition extends beyond conflict associated with war, addressing it in a broader sense within the context of art history and tradition.

The exhibition also brings together historical material that looks at Llandudno during World War One. Artefacts, images and documents are used to portray the local story and how this is linked to the national picture. Both components – contemporary and historical – are intended to complement one another. Together, the artworks and the documentary evidence enable the subject and presentation of war to be viewed with new understanding.

This exhibition has been curated by Adam Carr (MOSTYN Visual Arts Programme Curator) and produced by MOSTYN.
A full-colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition. It includes an essay and texts on the artists and their works by Adam Carr (MOSTYN Visual Arts Programme Curator) and a text by Alfredo Cramerotti (MOSTYN Director). It can be ordered by contacting: shop@mostyn.org

WAR forms part of MOSTYN’s Audience Development Programme – History Series Project 2014-17. Both the exhibition and the overall programme are made possible through the generous support of Arts Council of Wales Lottery Grant.