10 Nov 2016

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

Par Okwui Enwezor
Paris, France
The School of Modernities

 “For the first time in recent exhibition history, ‘Post-war: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965’ examines the dynamic and turbulent post-war period as a global phenomenon. In eight chapters, the exhibition guides visitors through the 20 years which followed the Second World War. It shows how artists coped with, and responded to, the traumas of the Holocaust, Hiroshima and Nagasaki; how the two political blocs of the Cold War exploited the arts and created an opposition between socialist realism and abstraction, and how displacement and migration produced new cosmopolitan contexts in Europe. The post-war period was also marked by the end of European colonial systems; the rise of nation-building, decolonisation and liberation movements; partition of countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East; as well as the Civil Rights movement in the United States. These changes triggered an incredible energy that was visible in the art of the time. New technologies started to flow into everyday life; the space age fascinated artists as well as the masses, opening up a whole new and dynamic area for consideration. Okwui Enwezor deals in particular with the importance of Giacometti's work in the productions of that time.”

Okwui Enwezor by Andreas Gebert 2011.


Okwui Enwezor is the Director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich. In 2015, he was the Curator of the 56th Venice Biennale.
He has been the artistic director of several international exhibitions, including La Triennale 2012 in Paris, the 7th Biennale in Gwangju, the 2nd Biennale in Seville, Documenta 11 in Kassel and the 2nd Biennale in Johannesburg. He is the former Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President of the San Francisco Art Institute. Among his academic posts, he has been Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Enwezor was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and 2013 Emeritus Professor at the Department of Art History at New York University.

To search for a work, consult the Alberto Giacometti Database