Event: Exhibition - The Monuments Men: On the Front Line to Save Europe’s Art 1942-1946
Date: June 22 to November 18, 2018
Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Time: 9 am to 5 pm daily
Admission: Regular admission rates apply - Adult (18 – 64) $15, Senior (65+) $13, Student (13 – 17) $13, Youth (6 – 12) $10. Free admission for museum members.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is pleased to display this exciting new exhibition for the summer of 2018, on loan from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art - The Monuments Men: On the Front Line to Save Europe’s Art 1942-1946.
During World War II, an unlikely team of soldiers was charged with identifying and protecting European cultural sites, monuments, and buildings from Allied bombing. Officially named the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Section, this U.S. Army unit included art curators, scholars, architects, librarians, and archivists from the U.S. and Britain. They quickly became known as The Monuments Men.
Towards the end of the war, their mission changed to one of locating and recovering works of art that had been looted by the Nazis. The Monuments Men uncovered troves of stolen art hidden across Germany and Austria, some in castles, others in salt mines. They rescued some of history’s greatest works of art.