Stella Dimoko Nigerian Curator Enwezor Okwui Succumbs To Complications Of Cancer


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Nigerian Curator Enwezor Okwui Succumbs To Complications Of Cancer

Okwui Enwezor, a renowned art curator, poet, and educator, has died after a battle with cancer.

The Haus Der Kunst, a Germany-based non-collecting modern and contemporary art museum where he was artistic director from 2011 to 2018, confirmed his death on Friday.

Enwezor had stepped down as director of the Haus der Kunst in June, citing health reasons.

Two months later, in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, he revealed that he had been battling cancer for three years and had undergone different treatments to that.

Before his death, Enwezor was the only African-born curator to organise two prestigious exhibitions– the 2015 Venice Biennale and Documenta 11 in 2002.

Because of his emphasis on expanding the canon of contemporary art to include artists from around the world, his exhibition at the Documenta was described as “the first truly global, postcolonial Documenta exhibition.”

At the Venice Biennial, he had also presented a masterfully visceral show that spoke to worldwide political upheaval and violence.

The last show he curated at the Haus der Kunst opened on March 8 and featured a compilation of works done by Ghanaian sculptor, El Anatsui.

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  1. Oh cancer!One day,you too shall die.
    It was that Prof last week,now this.
    This brilliant man.

  2. Death is the obliteration of all pains. Those who haven't lost someone to medical ailment, won't understand what sickness is all about. Luikemia is a very deathly cancer.

    Please lovelies always go for medical test as to detest any possible growth on time.

  3. Malaria drugs and its sleepless night it causes. I am always awake in the wee hours of morning. Dry mouth and teeth inclusive.


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