Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019)


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Born in Calabar, Nigeria, in 1963, Enwezor was the first non-European artistic director of documenta 11, 2002 in Kassel, he curated the main exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, and was from 2011 to 2018 director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, where he resigned in June last year for health reasons after considerably strengthened the museum’s international reputation. Enwezor curated major exhibitions like The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 (2001, Vila Stuck Munich), Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art (2008, ICP New York) and Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 (2016, Haus der Kunst) accompanied by important publications.

In 2017 he received the International Folkwang Prize for his services to the mediation of art.

Okwui Enwezor passed away in March 2019.

 

 

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