Boris Lurie & Wolf Vostell - Museumnacht Den Haag

Saturday 8 October 2022
20:00 – 01:00

Boris Lurie & Wolf Vostell

Art after Auschwitz
The confrontational art of Boris Lurie (1924 -2008) and Wolf Vostell (1932 – 1998) will be shown together for the first time in Art after Auschwitz. From the late 1950s onwards, these two artists focused on the Shoah (a Hebrew word meaning “catastrophe” used to refer to the Holocaust) in a radical way. At a time when the war was still a taboo subject in large parts of society, they chose to create art that confronted the viewer with this painful period. Combining the most appalling images of war crimes with superficial advertising images, their work is also an indictment of the post-war consumer society, which simply resumed with no regard for the trauma that the Jews and others had suffered. To create this shocking effect, both artists incorporated the most modern techniques into their work.