DRAWN TO WAR THE POLITICAL CARTOONS OF LOUIS RAEMAEKERS
WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO
Political cartoons, newly printed in vivid color during the war era, were widespread and quickly consumed by popular culture across national borders and language barriers. As with today, caricatures allowed artists and audiences to laugh, reflect and inform opinions of current events. Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers, described as the “supreme cartoonist of the war,” used his pencils as a weapon to create powerful impressions characterizing and criticizing the nature and legacy of war.
Born in the Netherlands in 1869, Raemaekers’ first wartime political cartoon was published in the Amsterdam newspaper De Telegraaf on Aug. 1, 1914, following the German declarations of war. ÂÂÂ As is true with today’s political cartoonists, Raemaekers infused religious sensibility and symbolism to develop both comical and stirring commentary on the brutality of war and its destructive legacy. Caricatures of leaders, particularly Kaiser Wilhelm, personified the reprehensible practices of war conducted by Germans while portraying empathy that defied national borders.
Between 1914 and 1918, Raemaekers’ works were printed in newspapers worldwide, reproduced on millions of postcards, published in dozens of books, and exhibited in hundreds of cities around the globe. Raemaekers received unprecedented attention on both sides of the Atlantic, was awarded the French Legion of Honor, and received credit for influencing the U.S. decision to enter the war.
Louis Raemaekers died in the Netherlands on July 26, 1956. The next day’s issue of the British newspaper, The Times, described Raemaekers’ legacy:
“...he was the one private individual who exercised a real and great influence on the course of the 1914-18 War. There were a dozen or so people – emperors, kings, statesmen, and commanders-in-chief…[o]utside that circle of the great, Louis Raemaekers stands conspicuous as the one man who, without any assistance of title or office, indubitably swayed the destinies of peoples.”
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Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC
Through April 2016
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This exhibition features black & white photographs of the efforts to use sandbags and wooden frames to protect Italian architecture and sculpture from aerial bombardment in WWI. It is co-sponsored by the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute, and hosted by The President Woodrow Wilson House.
The President Woodrow Wilson House is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays – Sundays. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
The year 1915 was pivotal in terms of the world-wide involvement in the war. World War I was the first truly global war starting in Europe, then spreading to Africa, Asia and the Near East. The European powers mobilized their colonies and commonwealths around the world. Soldiers and laborers from Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Caribbean were sent to Europe and the Near East to fight. Particularly, the British Commonwealth nations of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa made a decisive impact.
Sand to Snow: Global War 1915 illustrates the convergence of diverse military, political, economic and social forces of the combatant nations and neutral countries. The faces, actions, voices and objects of the people, often from an individual viewpoint, serve as our guides. Their contributions and sacrifices are the central themes.
The exhibition showcases objects and documents from more than 20 countries across the world – the most encompassing special exhibition in the Museum's history – including Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Australia, India, Germany, Montenegro, Poland and the United States. The vast majority of items are on exhibition for the first time at the Museum.
The diversion of European factories to war production disrupted the entire world economy. To fight a global war the combatant nations incurred enormous debts to produce the weapons, ammunition and equipment necessary. Soldiers and sailors fighting across the globe required uniforms, supplies and food.
The United States remained politically neutral, not wanting to be drawn into a European war, but sold war material to both the Allies and Central Powers.
Open from May 1, 2015 through April 10, 2016 in Exhibit Hall, Sand to Snow: Global War 1915 is the latest in the Museum's series of exhibitions commemorating the World War I Centennial.
For more information:https://theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/sandtosnow
When World War I broke out in Europe in 1914, North Carolinians shared the same feelings of regret and fear as other Americans. Tar Heels, like many others, did not want to get involved in the war, but once the United States declared war against Germany in April 1917, most North Carolinians supported the war effort and rallied behind President Woodrow Wilson.
North Carolinians contributed in a variety of ways, from women serving as nurses in military hospitals in France, to the production of artillery shells in Raleigh and ships in Wilmington, and ultimately the 480,491 men from North Carolina who registered for service.
This exhibit showcases North Carolina’s contributions to the war effort.
Duffy Exhibition Gallery, North Carolina History Center
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The most comprehensive collection of Australian war art ever seen outside of Australia consists of artworks from the Australian War Memorial depicting Australian military experience from the First World War to Afghanistan. The exhibition features Australia’s best known war artists, including George Lambert and Arthur Streeton, and the works highlight the crucial role Australians played in some of the most defining moments in modern history.
For ticketing information go to:https://theworldwar.org/visit/plan-your-visit/hours-admission
The latest in the Museum’s Operation series, Operation: Ink is an unregrettable evening of fun, food, spirits and exploration of the evolution of tattoos in the 20th century on Thursday, Aug. 6 in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium.
The event features the Tattoo Historian, Anna Friedman, and Whispering Danny of Whispering Danny Exile Tattoos. Ryan Maybee of The Rieger Hotel will provide sample cocktails for the event, while The Local Pig shares a sampling of its award-winning food.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a food/cocktail hour followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are only $10 and include food and two free drinks. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets soon! Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Support for Operation: Ink was provided by The Pitch, The Local Pig, Whispering Danny Exile Tattoos and The Volunteers Fund.
To buy tickets go to:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operation-ink-tickets-17811932971
Join Senior Curator Doran Cart for a discussion of the new exhibition A Centenary of Australian War Art and enjoy a screening of the Australian war epic The Lighthorsemen, which follows a group of Australian cavalrymen during the British campaign in Palestine. The film depicts brave ANZAC soldiers riding their horses across harsh desert terrain in coming to the rescue of the British army at Beersheba and features a battle scene which noted film critic Roger Ebert called “a humdinger, a daring, flat-out, no-holds-barred charge across the desert.” Free to the Public with RSVP
A century ago, when Uncle Sam pointed at Americas and said “I WANT YOU!” how did Missourians respond?ÂÂ Looking at the Selective Service, food conservation, and the experience of German Americans, Dr. Christopher Capozzola, an associate professor of history at MIT, will explore how the First World War transformed the relationship between individual citizens and the federal government through the lens of the lived war experience of Missourians.ÂÂ Presented in partnership with the Missouri Over There Project. Cash bar and small plates available from 6-6:30 p.m. Free to the public with RSVP.
There will be a CentennialÂ Pershing Family RemembranceÂ held atÂ Â at Pershing Square and the former Officers Club at the San Francisco Presidio onÂ . The event will include a wreath laying ceremony at the site where Mrs. Frances Pershing and the three Pershing daughters perished in a fire on 27 August 1915, followed by an informational presentation on General Pershing's career and family, and the Presidio during the Great War.Â General Alfred Valenzuela will represent World War One Centennial Commission at the event. The public is invited. There is no charge for the event, but adjacent parking is metered