Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 review – a chilling show for dark times

By Jonathan Jones

Imperial War Museum, London
A provocative exhibition pulls together artistic responses to our era of global chaos – from eerie drawings of dying cities to Grayson Perry's glib painted pots

In the main hall of the Imperial War Museum, London, the outline of a drone has been marked out in white lines by the artist James Bridle. Yet this ghostly image of 21st-century war immediately exposes the intellectual weakness of the exhibition it announces.

Do we really live in an age of terror? Looking around I am not convinced. Towering above the drone drawing is the museum's most frightening and stupendous “treasure”: a V2 rocket. Next to that is a V1 flying bomb. Compared with the first half of the 20th century, when two world wars ravaged humanity, ours is still – for all its fears and troubles – comparatively fortunate.

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