Currencies of Conflict
University of Calgary Founders' Gallery
Currencies of Conflict :: Now Closed
Currencies of Conflict presents an astounding range of art and artefacts spanning four millennia. This winter-spring 2022 exhibition curated by Dick Averns highlights artworks spanning a century, from official war art of the Great War to unofficial war art in the Cold War, Canadian Indigenous art highlighting conflict on the home front, and contemporary art addressing global fracture.
On display are numismatics – coins, tokens and financial currency – including the earliest minted coinage from ancient Greece depicting military leaders, arrowheads used for bartering, and Second World War concentration camp currency. Armaments feature Middle Eastern ceramic grenades from the 11th century, Aztec axes, and African weaponry including a Zulu spear.
Propaganda also features with a comprehensive display of First World War pamphlets and recruitment posters, and rare Second World War original Nazi propaganda artwork salvaged from the Reichstag during the fall of Berlin.
In addition to Founders’ Gallery displays, the University of Calgary’s Library and Archives at TMM – the largest military library in Canada – also marks fifteen years of operation and is open daily Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.