Willi Baumeister, Montaru 1, part of the exhibition "Those early years: British And German Art After 1945"

Willi Baumeister, Montaru I, 1953, Oil with resin on masonite, 100 x 130 cm, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Photographer: Michael Herling / Aline Gwose / Benedikt Werner, Sprengel Museum Hannover © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

Saturday 14 June 2014 - 00:00 to Sunday 28 September 2014 - 00:00
Sprengel Museum, Hannover

Willi Baumeister, Montaru I, 1953, Oil with resin on masonite, 100 x 130 cm, Sprengel Museum Hannover, photographer: Michael Herling / Aline Gwose / Benedikt Werner, Sprengel Museum Hannover, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

Art in the post-war period

The art of the immediate post-war period is often viewed merely against a culture-historical, conservative/bourgeois background. The positively viewed period of radical, avant-garde development in art, which did not begin until the 1960s, “stole the show”, so to speak, from the art of the 1950s and overshadowed the artistic achievements of that period, which was essentially a period of consolidation.

The exhibition

The exhibit, starting with Sprengel Museum’s own collection in Hannover, brings examples of the art of the 1950s together with that of the 1960s. In a concentrated presentation of select artists, each represented with several works, the expressive power of 1950s art is made concretely visible.

Featured Artists

The exhibit will show aroung 90 works by Kenneth Armitage, Francis Bacon, Willi Baumeister, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Emil Cimiotti, Karl Fred Dahmen, Edgar Ende, Karl Otto Götz, Otto Herbert Hajek, Hans Hartung, Karl Hartung, Bernhard Heiliger, Werner Heldt, Barbara Hepworth, Norbert Kricke, Alfred Lörcher, Henry Moore, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Ben Nicholson, Richard Oelze, Eduardo Paolozzi, Emy Roeder, Bernard Schultze, Emil Schumacher, Hans Uhlmann, Fritz Winter, Wols.

Supported by the British Council. 

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Opening Times

Closed on Mondays
Tuesday 10.00 – 20.00
Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00 


7 €, Concessions 4 €
Fridays admission free 

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