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.
Stretch your view
Stretch your view
Archiv Galerie 2015/16
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"
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
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
Works of European sculpture
The exhibition focused not only on sculpture as an art form, but also on its interpretation by European artists. MORE
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
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
Ellsworth Kelly. Retrospective
17.10.97 – 20.01.98
Ellsworth Kelly is a part of the generation that went beyond Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and developed a new pictorial language. MORE
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