The first exhibition of its kind, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 examines the highly charged artistic landscape in Germany from the mid-1940s to the 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. 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.
The lecture will take place at 6pm in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Lecture attendees are invited to view the exhibition following the discussion, as well as to enjoy a reception in the Calderwood Courtyard. All museum galleries will remain open until 9pm.
Free admission, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed on the Lower Level beginning at 5pm. One ticket per person. Seating will begin at 5:30pm. After capacity is reached, additional seating in nearby Deknatel Hall will be available to view the lecture via simulcast.