• 9 SEP , 15:00h - 18:30h
  • 10 SEP , 15:00h - 18:30h
  • 11 SEP , 15:00h - 18:30h
  • 12 SEP , 15:00h - 18:30h
  • 13 SEP , 15:00h - 18:30h

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Exhibition , Private collection

Postwar Utopia: Europe's Mystic Avantgardia

9—13 SEP 2020
Special opening hours Berlin Art Week 9—13 SEP,  3—6.30pm
Visit of the exhibition rooms only after registration at

Elke and Arno Morenz started the collection back in 1968, the year of their wedding and of the May Revolution. In the beginning, they focused on cultural underground and politically inspired movements such as Lettrisme and Internationale Lettriste (later Internationale Situationniste). Looking back at decades of their involvement, the collectors decided that in their view three outstanding personalities have been the most important influencers of the post-war era in the European arts and social world : Isidore Goldstein-Isou (1926-2008). Asger Jorn (1914-1973) and Guy Debord (1931-1994). All of the European Avantgarde Movements that the EAMC is focusing on today have been built or influenced by one or several of these three mystic personalities. Paris in the post-war years was clearly the world’s hot spot for avantgardistic and utopian ideas in arts and social thinking. The Surrealists had come of age but were still struggling. New formations such as the Lettrists (Isidore Isou, 1945), CoBrA (Asger Jorn, 1948) and the Internationale Lettriste (Guy Debord, 1952) were able to thrive. In Italy, Arte Nucleare (Enrico Baj, 1952), Bauhaus Immaginista (Asger born, 1953) and Industrial Painting (Guiseppe Pinot-Gallizio, 1955) had similar aspirations. The new movements were fighting on two fronts: There were the internal leadership disputes and the outside struggles for artistic and intellectual supremacy. All of them were united in their endeavour for recognition not just as artists but as architects of a new world order, a paradisian society.

We wish you a pleasant visit! Please note the special access conditions 2020 and the ticket information