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 production of art since 1945. By collaboratively probing differing concepts of artistic modernity such as abstraction, realism, figuration, and representation, the conference examines how receptions and formulations of modernism informed the manifestation of specific variants of modern art. Alert to the political and cultural implications of both the Atlantic and Pacific, the diachronic axis of the project’s research scope stretches from Germany to Japan as representatives of the Atlantic and Pacific hemispheres.
The conference is held in English.
The “Postwar” research and exhibition project includes a broad spectrum of events, conferences, and publications, of which the four-day international conference “Postwar — Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945–1965″ is the first. The conference is organized by Haus der Kunst in collaboration with Tate Modern, the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LMU München, and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.
Source and further information: http://postwar.hausderkunst.de/index.php/conferences/symposium-en-neu/?lang=en