In Memory of What I Cannot Say

The Art of Guy de Montlaur

March 15, 2019 - October 20, 2019
The Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery

A component of The National WWII Museum’s extensive commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the special exhibit In Memory of What I Cannot Say: The Art of Guy de Montlaur examines the life and work of a French fine-art painter who fought Nazis on several battlegrounds, surviving hand-to-hand combat as a member of the French army at the onset of World War II then the perils of Sword Beach with the Free French Commandos on June 6, 1944. Guy de Montlaur, who suffered multiple wounds in combat that he carried for the rest of his life, channeled his wartime experiences into art, creating vivid abstract paintings until his death at age 58 in 1977.

The special exhibit In Memory of What I Cannot Say: The Art of Guy de Montlaur, on view from March 15 to October 20, 2019, and curated by the Museum’s Larry Decuers, explores the artist’s journey into and beyond war through interpretive text panels, profiles of men who served with Montlaur, archival photography, artifacts from his time in the service, and, of course, his artwork. In addition, the exhibit’s themes will be further explored through a robust schedule of free public programming and educational initiatives, all produced in partnership with local veterans groups and art institutions.