2014 sees the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The MKG takes this opportunity to turn its attention to the methods of modern mass propaganda and to the conditions and strategies which made people pledge themselves to serve such a disastrous cause.
“War and Propaganda 14/18” repeatedly points towards the present day and aims to promote a critical discussion about the media which questions the credibility of the images they present and shows their inherent power to channel opinion in the direction they want. The exhibition shows more than 400 exhibits, including posters and prints by artists, historical film, audio recordings and music as well as postcards with paintings and photographs, magazines and newspapers, sculptures and objects of everyday life such as children’s toys or patriotic emblems.
This exhibition was made possible with support of the exhibition fund of the Hamburg Department of Culture, the Hubertus Wald Stiftung as well as the Justus Brinckmann Gesellschaft.