16 November 2011-8 January 2012. La Permanente pays a special tribute to one of the most famous British artists of the 20th century: Graham Sutherland (1903-1980).
On display is a selection of 38 drawings from the series Burning City, created by Sutherland between 1940 and 1945, and ten original photographs of that period.
At the beginning of world war two Sutherland was nominated war artist by the British government at the suggestion of Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery, who had the idea of re-creating a group of war artists as had happened during world war one. On this occasion Sutherland was sent to London to document the effects of the bombings. Here the artist was deeply touched by the silence, the sense of emptiness and desolation of war.