Opening Celebration: Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55


Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Konrad Klapheck, a renowned German artist whose work is featured in the Inventur exhibition, will lecture on “War and Peace in German Art after World War II.” Widely known as a “machine painter,” Klapheck will discuss his practice as it relates to the historical, political, and artistic context of the immediate postwar period in Germany and beyond.

Following the 6 p.m. lecture, he will be joined in conversation by exhibition curator Lynette Roth, the Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and head of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free admission, tickets required. Tickets will be distributed on the Lower Level beginning at 5 p.m. One ticket per person. Seating will begin at 5:30 p.m. After capacity is reached, additional seating in nearby Deknatel Hall will be available to view the lecture via simulcast. Please note: This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Art Museums' Youtube channel. Check this page on Feb. 8th just before the start of the lecture for a direct link to the broadcast.
All museum galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. 
Exhibition runs: February 9-June 3, 2018
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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 6 p.m. 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 9 p.m.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.