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With Guerres et Paix [Wars and Peaces], the association of museum curators of the Nord-Pas-de Calais have chosen to examine over a four year period—2014 to 2018—the conflicts that have marked the history of the region, from the Middle Ages to contemporary times, with a particular focus on the First World War. Through the online publishing of the collections, Guerres et Paix is a response to the centenary commemorations of the Great War by providing a multitude of approaches and perspectives on the role of art and heritage during periods of conflict.
About sixty expositions and events federate the majority of museums of Region Nord-Pas de Calais. The association of curators unit institutions regroup under the label “Museum of France “. For the first time, The association takes a majority of associative structures on as a partner with a view to create exchanges and synergies (museums, memorial site...).
Since May 2014, a travelling exposition of ten panel with a content based on the collection of museums of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais is presented at the Lille metropolis and will then travel through the Region. The subject is “The artists facing the war ” and this exposition aims to be an open door to museums.
Each month during the operation “Wars and Peaces”, this virtual exposition, formed of several chapters, will tell the story of a number of work during the First World War : destroyed, stolen, evacuated, disappeared...
The association, working in partnership with several structures, proposes formations for the teachers, pedagogic documents for students, a notebook for children, etc.
As a way of supporting all the projects which are being worked on as part of the preparations for the centenary of the First World War, the Centenary Partnership Program has created an official “Centenary” certification as way of highlighting the most innovative and structured projects for the regions.