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Fragments: memory and war

26 June 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: Royal Academy of Arts
Geological Society
Burlington House

War leaves a mark upon cities, societies and culture that endures not only in the sensibilities of the generations living it, but also in the identities of those that follow. In the aftermath, memories of war continue to have great impact, frequently creating greater political awareness and engagement. Culture reflects the values of a society and war has historically had a strong influence on art and architecture. In fact, it can often be the motivation behind speculative new ideas, while also providing a platform for reflection, recalling history and leaving a legacy to future generations.


The Second World War wreaked havoc around the world, leaving a scar in the collective memories of our cities, society and culture. Architecture and art have played an important role in shaping the politics of memory around this conflict, defining the way it is now remembered.


Following an earlier conversation between acclaimed artist Miroslaw Balka and architectural historian Joseph Rykwert held at the British School at Rome as part of their Architecture Programme and the Fragments series, Balka and Rykwert get together once more to discuss the concepts of memory and war, and how these are explored in contemporary art and architecture from UK to Poland, where both speakers are originally from.

Organised in partnership with the British School at Rome.




Miroslaw Balka – artist


Joseph Rykwert – architectural historian and author of The Idea of a Town (1963) and On Adam’s House in

Paradise (1972)


Tim Marlow – Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts (chair)