Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965

EXHIBITION 14.10.16 – 26.03.17

The exhibition examines the vibrant and turbulent postwar period as a global phenomenon for the first time in recent exhibition history. In eight dramatic chapters, the exhibition guides visitors through the first 20 years following the end of World War II, demonstrating how artists coped with and responded to the traumas of the Holocaust, the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; how the two political blocs of the Cold War exploited the arts and created competition between realism and abstraction, and how displacement and migration produced new cosmopolitan contexts across the world. The postwar period also marked the end of European colonial systems; the rise of nation-building, decolonization and liberation movements; the partition of countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; as well as the civil rights movement in the United States. These changes unleashed an incredible energy visible in the art of the time. New technologies began to pour into everyday life; the space age fascinated artists as well as the masses, opening up a completely new and dynamic field of artistic consideration.

As an in-depth, global study, the exhibition shows painting, sculpture, installation, collage, performance, film, artist books, documents, photography, in total more than 350 works by 218 artists from 65 countries.

Under the patronage of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany

"Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965" is generously supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, and Goethe-Institut.

Pablo Picasso, Massacre in Korea, 1951, Musée national Picasso, Paris © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Pablo Picasso, Massacre in Korea, 1951, Musée national Picasso, Paris © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Emilio Vedova, Berlin, 64, 1964, detail, Courtesy Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice, Italy, photo © Paolo Mussat Sartor
Emilio Vedova, Berlin, 64, 1964, detail, Courtesy Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice, Italy, photo © Paolo Mussat Sartor
Joseph Beuys, Hirschdenkmäler, 1949-58, Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015, photo Charles Duprat
Joseph Beuys, Hirschdenkmäler, 1949-58, Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015, photo Charles Duprat
Maruki Iri und Toshi, Fire (Panel II), from the series Hiroshima Panels (15 Panels), 1950-82, Maruki Gallery, Higashi-Matsuyama, Saitama, Japan
Maruki Iri und Toshi, Fire (Panel II), from the series Hiroshima Panels (15 Panels), 1950-82, Maruki Gallery, Higashi-Matsuyama, Saitama, Japan
Robert Rauschenberg, Axle, 1964, Museum Ludwig, Schenkung Ludwig, Cologne © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Robert Rauschenberg, Axle, 1964, Museum Ludwig, Schenkung Ludwig, Cologne © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Sandú Darié, Sin Título, (Estructura Transformable) [Untitled, (Transformable Structure)], ca. 1950s, Private Collection, London
Sandú Darié, Sin Título, (Estructura Transformable) [Untitled, (Transformable Structure)], ca. 1950s, Private Collection, London
Kazuo Shiraga, Work II, 1958, Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
Kazuo Shiraga, Work II, 1958, Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
Affandi, Pengemis Cirebon (Beggar in Cirebon), 1960, Lippo Group Collection, Jakarta
Affandi, Pengemis Cirebon (Beggar in Cirebon), 1960, Lippo Group Collection, Jakarta

Stretch your view


Stretch your view

Picture Gallery


Video

Postwar / Trailer

The trailer gives an impression of the extensive exhibition and the works on view. In eight dramatic chapters, the exhibition guides visitors through the first 20 years following the end of World War II. MORE


Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965

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Conference

"Postwar – Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965"

21.05 – 24.05.14

Convened at Haus der Kunst in collaboration with the Tate Modern in 21-24 May, 2014, the "Postwar — Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945-1965" conference is an attempt to reconsider and re-examine the two decades following World War II. MORE


Workshop

Workshop for teachers — "Postwar"

Thursday, 29.09, 2:30 pm

The key aim of this workshop is to examine the current state of the art curriculum and to assist teachers in developing learning strategies and curricula prior to a visit to the exhibition. MORE


Opening

Exhibition opening "Postwar"

Thursday, 13.10, 7 pm

For the first time in recent exhibition history, "Postwar" examines the vibrant and turbulent post-war period as a global phenomenon. The third presentation of the Archive Gallery at Haus der Kunst opens at the same time. MORE


Film screening

Cinema Season — "Postwar"

14.10.16 – 26.03.17

Curated by distinguished scholar and curator Mark Nash, this cinema season presents a series of tightly contextualized vignettes. MORE


Lecture, discussion

Inaugural Lecture series and curatorial roundtable on "Postwar"

Friday, 14.10, 7 pm

Following the exhibition opening, the inaugural lectures will be held by Katy Siegel and Geeta Kapur. The lectures will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Chika Okeke-Agulu, Ulrich Wilmes, and Okwui Enwezor. MORE


discussion

Curatorial Dialogues. Historical Exhibitions 1

Thursday, 03.11, 7 pm

The first in a series in which leading curators and museum practitioners critically reflect on the history of "postwar" exhibitions, this curatorial dialogue brings together Kasper König and Frances Morris. MORE


Workshop for teenagers 13 and up / German

From Here to There, Far Away from Home - Exile and Migration

Thursday, 17.11, 10 am

The workshop is based on research, knowledge production, and transference; as well as the close examination of the artworks in order to establish the basis for an exploration of exile and migration in the artistic context. MORE


discussion

Curatorial Dialogues. Historical Exhibitions 2

Thursday, 24.11, 7 pm

The second set of dialogues addresses the question of how to map "postwar" exhibitions within the context of Europe. MORE


Workshop for teenagers 13 and up / German

From Here to There, Far Away from Home - Exile and Migration

Thursday, 19.01, 10 am

The workshop is based on research, knowledge production, and transference; as well as the close examination of the artworks in order to establish the basis for an exploration of exile and migration in the artistic context. MORE


Goethe-Institut Postdoctoral Fellowship at Haus der Kunst

The program was inaugurated in August 2013 and awards each fellowship for one academic year. The second fellowship is to start in August 2014. MORE


EXHIBITION

Works of European sculpture

The exhibition focused not only on sculpture as an art form, but also on its interpretation by European artists. MORE


EXHIBITION

Graham Sutherland

A few years after its exhibition of works by English sculptor Henry Moore, Haus der Kunst again paid tribute to a contemporary artist from England, this time to the painter Graham Sutherland. MORE


EXHIBITION

Haus der Kunst – The Postwar Institution, 1945-1965: Archive Gallery 2016/17

14.10.16 – 26.03.17

The new presentation in the Archive Gallery augments the exhibition "Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965" by examining Haus der Kunst's institutional memory during this period. MORE


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Ellsworth Kelly. Retrospective

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Ellsworth Kelly is a part of the generation that went beyond Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and developed a new pictorial language. MORE


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Emil Schumacher — Retrospective

08.05 – 12.07.98

The paintings of Emil Schumacher (1912–1999) are considered a high point in German postwar art. MORE