The army’s art archive

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Just 20 miles outside Washington, DC, is the US military town of Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Many of the city ’s roughly 7,000 inhabitants work for the Department of Defence, which has headquarters for a number of its divisions in the area. But Fort Belvoir also hosts a group of unlikely curators who oversee the military’s collection of around 16,000 works of art, all housed at the Centre for Military History. The trove is tightly hidden away under lock and key, but the BuzzFeed reporter Benny Johnson was recently given a sneak peak. Much of the art was made by American soldiers, but the collection also includes work by Adolf Hitler, whose art was seized following the Second World War. Though none of it is publicly accessible now, the Army Historical Foundation hopes to raise $175m to build a museum for the collection by 2018.

 

From In The Frame
Published online: 20 February 2014

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