ART: RISING FROM THE RUINS

A SHOW RECORDS HOW EUROPE REAFFIRMED ITS ARTISTIC VITALITY AFTER WORLD WAR II, WHEN THE ACTION HAD MOVED TO NEW YORK

A half-century ago this year, the last world war ended with the surrender of the Axis powers. It left behind a European culture broken in half, a field of ashes, ruins and grave pits that mocked the crushed utopian fantasies of early modernism. How did the visual arts in Europe put themselves together from such destruction? What forms rose from this landscape-not only in painting and sculpture but also in photography, architecture and design-during the two decades of recovery after 1945?

It is probably beyond any exhibition, no matter how large, to give more than a sketch for an answer. But...

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