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“Spirit of 1940” Newspaper Ads / Campaign by Yesterday, UKTV

9月7日から今日までの3日間、新聞に掲載された広告。第二次世界大戦がイギリスで本格化、ザ・ブリッツThe Blitz)が始まり、多くの人々が疎開、食料も配給制になった1940年から70年の節目を迎えたことを記念し、デジタルケーブル・衛星局のUKTVの歴史専門チャンネル「Yesterday」が今週放映している「Spirit of 1940」特集番組の広告で、レトロな色使いとデザインがなかなかいい。

These are the newspaper ads / campaign published  for three days, started on September 7. These nice retro design ads are of “Spirit of 1940”,  a series of programs shown this week on history channel “Yesterday“, a part of a digital cable and satellite television network UKTV, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the year 1940, in which Britain experienced the Blitz, saw the start of food rationing and sent evacuees away from their homes.

The Blitzザ・ブリッツ)70周年を記念し、先日9月7日、セント・ポール寺院で式典が行われた(関連記事)。ザ・ブリッツとは、第二次世界大戦中の1940年9月7日から1941年5月10日まで、ナチス・ドイツがイギリスに対して行った大規模な空襲。ドイツ語で稲光を意味する blitzが、イギリス・メディアによって、この一連の空襲を表すのに用いられた。57日間に及ぶロンドン夜間空襲から始まり、産業施設や民間施設をターゲットにしたザ・ブリッツは、イギリスの多くの都市や町に被害を与え、43,000名以上の死者(うち半数がロンドン市民)を出し、約140万人が家を失った(フォトギャラリー)。

On September 7th, a service at St Paul’s Cathedral marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Blitz (related article). The Blitz, the German word for “lightning” applied by the British press, was the sustained heavy and frequent bombing raids carried out over Britain by Nazi Germany between 6 September 1940 and 10 May 1941, during the Second World War. It began with the bombing of London for 57 consecutive nights, and hit many towns and cities across the country, targeting both industrial facilities and civilian centers. Over 43,000 civilians (half of them in London) had been killed during the period, and 1.4 million people became homeless in London alone (photo gallery).

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Henry Moore Exhibition @ Tate Britain




A new exhibition of the work of Henry Moore (1898–1986), one of Britain’s greatest sculptors and artists, just opens at Tate Britain today. The exhibition, the first major London retrospective of his work since his death in 1986, presents more than 150 stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings in his early career, including his main themes of the mother and child, reclining woman, seated figure and head, as well as his shelter drawings of Londoners sleeping in bomb shelters during the Blitz, as an Official War Artist. Although Moore liked his works to be in outdoor public spaces, recently more of his works are exhibited indoor due to vandalism and theft, according to the BBC news yesterday.

Moore rebelled against views of sculpture, instead finding inspiration from non-Western works he saw in museums. He pioneered carving directly from materials, evolving his signature abstract forms derived from the human body, with the influence of Modernism and Surrealism. His organic forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. He was best known for his large scale abstract monumental bronze and marble sculptures which are located around London as well as the world as public art.

The exhibition is impressive and well-done. Though Moore’s works are smaller than his outdoor works, his unique style, primitive yet modern and simple, is certainly seen. His works have some sort of warmth and strength, and I felt calm and relaxed by looking at them. On the other hand, his drawings of people without faces and looking like mummies during German air raids, are painful to look at and vividly shows us the hardship that people went through during the World War II.

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