Julije Knifer, Meandar u kutu (Meander in the corner), 1961, Oil on canvas,
Two parts : 143 x 199 cm / 56 1/4 x 78 3/8 in. ; 143 x 308 cm / 56 1/4 x 121 1/4 in.
Photo : VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
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.