Boris Lurie and / und Wolf Vostell

Art after the Shoah / Kunst nach der Shoah

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Boris Lurie and / und Wolf Vostell
Art after the Shoah / Kunst nach der Shoah

Ed. Daniel Koep, Eckhart Gillen, text(s) by Rudij Bergmann, Tom Freudenheim, Eckhart Gillen, Bram Groenteman, Daniel Koep, Beate Reifenscheid, Dorothea Schöne, Gertrude Stein, Katharina Sykora, graphic design by Rutger Fuchs

English, German

2022. 336 pp., 300 ills.

Paperback with Flaps

24.00 x 28.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5216-9

Art after Auschwitz

The art of Boris Lurie (*1924, Leningrad) and Wolf Vostell (*1932, Leverkusen) is determined by the breach of civilization in Germany in 1933, which made the German genocide of German and European Jews possible. Both artists make the Shoah the subject of their work in a radical way. Initially working—independently of one another—with the means of painting, they turned during the 1950s to exploring the stylistic devices of the first avant-garde, including techniques of collage and montage. Vostell later develops the subject further in his happenings and video art while Lurie takes up writing. In 1964 the artists met in New York and began a lifelong friendship—this is the first exhibition to present their works together.

After surviving several labor and concentration camps, the Jewish artist BORIS LURIE (1924-2008) emigrated to New York in 1946, where he established the NO!art movement in 1959. Often through direct references to the Shoah, Lurie commented on the society and consumer culture of his time.
The German artist WOLF VOSTELL (1932–1998) was a protagonist of the Fluxus movement and a pioneer of happening- and video art. Vostell confronted post-war European audiences with its recent past in a variety of ways.

Kunstmuseum Den Haag
January 29–May 29, 2022
Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin
July 7–October 31, 2022
Ludwig Museum Koblenz
November 13, 2022–February 5, 2023
Ludwig Múzeum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
March–June 2023

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