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We are just beginning to realize what the loss of Okwui Enwezor means for the world of art. Okwui’s curatorial vision was informed by his articulate opposition against hegemonic powers, social injustice, and the continued exclusion of people of color. He was certainly one of the most inspiring and rigorous forces in the field of curating, who seamlessly linked the exclusive contemporary art industry with world politics. Equally important, his absence is deeply felt by many of us on a personal level, by all of those whom he worked with over the past three decades, by those inspired by his charisma, his ambition, and the way he used his position of power to radically shift the status quo wherever he worked. — Ute Meta Bauer

As a preview to the upcoming New Museum exhibition GRIEF AND GRIEVANCE: ART AND MOURNING IN AMERICA—the final project conceived by Okwui Enwezor—join Bauer, Franklin Sirmans, Terry Smith, Octavio Zaya, and New Museum Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni for a discussion on Enwezor’s curatorial vision and life’s work.

See link below to register for the online conversation.


New Museum

Thursday, January 21.

5 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

From top: Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of Documenta 11, in Kassel, Germany, 2002, photograph by Werner Maschmann, image courtesy and © Documenta Archiv, Kassel; The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994, edited by Enwezor, cover image courtesy and © Prestel; Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, edited by Enwezor, Katy Siegel, and Ulrich Wilmes, cover image courtesy and © Prestel; Enwezor (left), Ute Meta Bauer, Octavio Zaya, and Mark Nash in Kassel, 2002, photograph by Maschmann, courtesy and © Documenta Archiv, Kassel; El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, edited by Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, cover image courtesy and © Haus der Kunst, Munich; Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, cover image courtesy and © New Museum and Phaidon.


The retrospective MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN—up for three more weeks at Haus der Kunst in Munich and opening at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw at the end of November—brings together half a century of work by this key European artist.

Curated by Jana Baumann, over 150 of Cahn’s oil paintings, sculptures, large-scale drawings, watercolors, and Super 8 films are on view.

Coincident with the exhibition, Hatje Cantz has published MIRIAM CAHN—WRITING IN RAGE, a collection of the artist’s essays, translated by Richard Humphrey.


Through October 27.

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Munich.

Miriam Cahn, I as Human, Haus der Kunst, July 12 through October 27, 2019. Images courtesy and © the artist.


In conjunction with the Munich exhibition MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN, Guerrilla Girls co-founder Käthe Kollwitz will give a lecture-performance.


Thursday, September 19, at 7 pm.

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Munich.

Images courtesy and © the Guerrilla Girls.


“We knew it was coming but the finality of his passing makes it even more devastating. Okwui was this enormously prophetic figure, wise beyond his years, whose insights—vision, if you will—literally shaped the universe many of us now inhabit. He was like an enormous tree in the glare, whose shadow provided refuge, hospitality, generosity, and love for so many.” — John Akomfrah

Okwui Enwezor—the great historian, curator, writer, editor, and former artistic director of Haus der Kunst—has died in Munich following four years of cancer treatment.

Enwezor, who was 55 at the time of his death, is celebrated for his paradigm-shifting directorship of Documenta 11 in 2002, and the 56th Venice BiennaleAll the World’s Futures—in 2015.

A writer and editor in demand, Enwezor’s contributions will live on in the work of the artists he championed.

From top: Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (2009), by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, image courtesy Damiani; John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire (2018), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy the New Museum; Candice Breitz: The Scripted Life (2010), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Kunsthaus Bregenz; Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from the Walther Collection (2017), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Steidl and the Walther Collection; Gary Simmons: Paradise (2012), conversation with Enwezor, image courtesy Damiani; Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff (2014), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Ludion; Lyle Ashton Harris: Excessive Exposure (2010), text by Enwezor, image courtesy Gregory R. Miller & Co.; Home Lands–Land Marks: Contemporary Art from South Africa (2009), contributing text by Enwezor, image courtesy Haunch of Venison.


For the opening night of TRIUMPHANT SCALE, his exhibition at Haus der Kunst in Munich, El Anatsui will give an artist talk at the museum.

The show has been organized by Okwui Enwezor—former Haus der Kunst artistic director—and Chika Okeke-Agulu, with assistance from Damian Lentini.


Friday, March 8, at 7 pm.


March 3 through July 28.

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Munich.

From top: El Anatsui, Flag for a New World Power, 2004, aluminum and copper wire; El Anatsui, courtesy the artist; El Anatsui, Gravity and Grace, 2010, aluminum and copper wire. Images courtesy the artist and Haus der Kunst.