Visitors viewing "La Guernica" in the 1955 Picasso exhibition at Haus der Kunst. © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014, photo Georg Goebel © picture alliance / dpa - Bildarchiv

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

International Conference, 21–24 May, 2014

The terms postwar, post-colonialism and post-communism describe the historical conditions under which the world has developed since 1945. Conceived as an in-depth study of the postwar period, the four-day international conference, "Postwar – Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945–1965" shifts from a Western/European vantage point to redirect attention to a multifocal and polyphonic history of art since 1945. By following the sweeping lines of the two oceans across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the Mediterranean, North America, and South America, "Postwar" straddles continents, political structures, economic patterns, and institutional frameworks to understand the complex legacies of artistic practice and art historical discourses that emerged globally in the aftermath of World War II’s devastation. 

The purpose of the "Postwar" conference is to bring together leading and emerging scholars, historians, artists, curators, theorists, and students to examine the artistic forces and cultural legacies that have shaped the global production of art since 1945.

For more information on the long-term project and the conference program, please visit our microsite:

→ Postwar - Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945-1965

The conference is the first in a broad spectrum of events surrounding the “Postwar” research and exhibition project. It is organized by Haus der Kunst in collaboration with Tate Modern, London, the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich. 

"Postwar — Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945-1965" is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Institut. 


Tickets / regular
150 € / whole conference  
60 € / one day 


Tickets / reduced 
for students
50 € / whole conference 
20 € / one day 

Tickets available
at the ticket counter
in Haus der Kunst.