Wolf Vostell: Dé-coll/age Is Your Life

By Harvard Art Museums

See how Wolf Vostell created art, as well as an expansive aesthetic philosophy, that challenged human complacency toward war, genocide, and other catastrophic world events.

Screenprint of a blurred face on a malfunctioning television screen.
Sábado, Enero 20 10am – Domingo, Mayo 5 5pm

Open 10am–5pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
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All ages.


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A witness to the brutality of World War II and its aftermath in Germany, Wolf Vostell (1932–1998) committed his artistic practice to remembering the atrocities of war, violence, and genocide. His art originated from his aesthetic philosophy of dé-coll/age, the use of destruction in art to generate consciousness of destruction in life. Nuclear warfare, Cold War aggression, technological disaster, environmental devastation, and above all, the genocidal acts of the Nazi regime shaped his understanding of aesthetics... 

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