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The Atlantic Wall

Hitler’s Coastal Fortress from the Arctic to the Pyrenees

  • Monday 02 June - Friday 20 June 2014
  • Daily 10.00am – 5.00pm, excluding Sundays.
  • Displayed in the RGS-IBG Exhibition Pavilion, accessible from our Exhibition Road entrance

The Atlantic Wall – the chain of World War II fortifications stretching from the Norwegian Arctic to France’s western frontier with Spain – is the least acknowledged of Europe’s
monuments. Mainly built between 1942 and 1945 it is the largest construction project in
history to have been executed in so short a time.

A photographic exhibition by Ianthe Ruthven at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG),1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR, open from 2 June - 20 June 2014 excluding Sundays. The book accompanying the exhibition is published on June 1st 2014 and is priced at £20.00.

“Ianthe Ruthven’s stylish and powerful – even compelling – photographic record of the Wall shows up all its intricacies as well as its gigantism: the overwhelming, bare and void structures with which Hitler’s miscalculations littered the west of Europe.”

- Joseph Rykwert
Paul Philippe Cret Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania
Author of ‘The Seduction of Place – The History and Future of Cities’ (2000).

For further details please contact Ianthe Ruthven on 020 8969 9136 or

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