Dead Blogging ‘Inventur’ at the Harvard Art Museums

Well the Missus and I trundled over to Cambridge the other day to catch Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 at the Harvard Art Museums and, say, it was wunderbar.

From their website:

The first exhibition of its kind, Inventur examines the highly charged artistic landscape in Germany from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s. Taking its name from a 1945 poem by Günter Eich, the exhibition focuses on modern art created at a time when Germans were forced to acknowledge and reckon with the atrocities of World War II and the Holocaust, the country’s defeat and occupation by the Allies, and the ideological ramifications of the fledgling Cold War. Chosen for the way it helps characterize the art of this period, the word Inventur (inventory) implies not just an artistic stocktaking, but a physical and moral one as well—the reassurance of one’s own existence as reflected in the stuff of everyday life. The exhibition, too, “takes stock,” introducing the richness and variety of the modern art of this period to new audiences, while prompting broader questions on the role of the creative individual living under totalitarianism and in its wake.

There are a lot of terrific artworks there, among them this piece by Jeanne Mammen.

 

 

We also especially liked the sculptures of Hans Uhlmann (pictured above and below).

 

 

The exhibit runs through June 3rd. Trundle over if you get a chance.

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