Blindfolded: Europe on the Road to the Great War


September 22, 2018

Current Exhibits

Opens Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

A panel exhibition created by two graduate students from Palacký University Olomouc commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Eleven minutes after 11:00 on the morning of the 11th of August 1918, a round of cannon fire in Versailles, France, symbolically ended “The Great War” or as it is most commonly known, World War I. In conjunction with the NCSML exhibition, Guts & Glory: The War Train that Shaped a Nation, this exhibit designed entirely by two graduate students from Palacký University Olomouc provides context and commemorates the 100th anniversary of WWI. The years before the war were similar in ways to the present times: Humankind was living in civilized prosperity and the fate of the world seemed to be held firmly in the hands of a few leaders. A few summer weeks in 1914 changed everything, altering the idea of powerful leaders perfectly understanding the world as a whole and retaining total control in the background. These events shortly preceding the Great War indicate that the road to war was not as obvious as it may look. In just a few weeks a mixture of uncertain presumptions, rash steps, naivety, and pride changed civilized Europe into a modern day hell where soldiers died by the thousands per day. The more information we have, the more questions arise, even 100 years later. As the exhibition shows, we still do not properly understand all the mechanisms that led to the outbreak of one of the most horrifying conflicts in the history of humankind.