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3-Day Symposium:
Exterminate, Forget, Repress:
The Shoah and its Aftershocks to the Present Day

Symposium at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz
and at the University of Koblenz-Landau
as part of the exhibition
Art After the Shoah:
Wolf Vostell in dialogue with Boris Lurie

November 30 – December 2, 2022

The symposium compares for the first time the artists Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell under the sign of their common confrontation with the Shoah in Germany as well as in America after 1945.



November 30, 2022 | Location: Ludwig Museum Koblenz

3pm | Welcome by Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid and Rafael Vostell, Advisor to the Boris Lurie Art Foundation and CEO of the Wolf Vostell Estate
3:15–4:15pm | Guided tour of the exhibition “Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell: Art after the Shoah”
4:15–4:45pm | Refreshment break
5:00–5:45pm | Dr. Eckhart J. Gillen, Curator, The Hague exhibition “Try to Make a Mountain of People, as in a Mass Grave”: The Correspondence between Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell Documenting a Unique Artistic Friendship between 1964 and 1998
5:45–6:30pm | Dr. Daniel Koep, Curator and Head of exhbitions, Kunstmuseum The Hague: Repugnance, Ostracism, Ressentiment: Boris Lurie’s Outcry in the Taboo Zones of Post-War Society

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December 1, 2022 | Location: University of Koblenz-Landau,
Building D, Room D 238/239

10:15–10:30am | Prof. Dr. Wolf-Andreas Liebert, Director of the Institute of Art History at the University of Koblenz and Landau: Welcoming of the participants
10:30–11:30am | Professor Emeritus and Dr. honoris causa Peter Weibel, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and Artistic- and Scientific Director of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe: Zero-Point of Civilization
11:30am–12:15pm | Dr. Philipp N. John, Director of the FLUXUS+ Museum Potsdam: Between Criticism and Frontal Attack as Artistic Strategies in the Work o Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell
12:30–1:30pm | Lunch break
1:30–2:15pm | Jan Elantkowski, Curator, Ludwig Museum Budapest: Art after the Eastern Bloc: Post-1989 Artistic Analysis of the Trauma of the Holocaust in Poland and Hungary
2:15–3:00pm | Matthias Reichelt, Curator and Writer, Berlin: Boris Lurie and the Myth of the NO!art Movement: Critical Notes on Contradictions in Self-Stylization and Reception
3:00–3:30pm | Refreshment break
3:30–4:15pm | Bram Groenteman, Conservator, Kunstmuseum The Hague: Selection and Concealment: Gerhard Richter, Wolf Vostell, and the Role of Print Media Imagery in West German Identity Constructio
4:15–5:00pm | Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, Director of the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Host and curator of the Ludwig Museum Koblenz exhibition “Pin-up Girl versus Madonna”

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December 2, 2022 | Location: University of Koblenz-Landau
Building D, Room D 238/239

10:15–11:00am | Dr. Annemone Christians-Bernsee, Acting Director of the EL-DE Haus/NS Documentation Center of the City of Cologne: In the Land of the Perpetrators: Jewish Life in the Young Federal Republic
11:00–11:45am | Dr. Kai-Michael Sprenger, Director of the Department of Archives, Libraries, Non-Governmental Museums, Regional History and Heritage Preservation, of the Ministry for Family, Women, Culture, and Integration, Rhineland-Palatinate: Boris Lurie and the “Reparation” of National Socialist Injustice
11:45am–12:30pm | Rudij Bergmann, Filmmaker and broadcast contributor, and longtime friend of Wolf Vostell and Boris Lurie: My Boris Lurie. From the Visible and the Speculative: Lurie’s Jewish Roots
12:30–1:00pm | Closing discussions

Registration is requested:

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