Okwui Enwezor is dead

Okwui Enwezor, a renowned art curator, poet, and educator, has died after a battle with cancer.
Okwui Enwezor died from cancer at the age of 55.

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.

He was also the artistic director at The Haus Der Kunst from 2011 to 2018.

In a tribute on Twitter, the Venice Biennale praised the late Enwezor for his “courageous contributions” to art.

“There are ways in which to speak that are not loud: they can whisper and still have great power” It is deep heart that we learn the heartbreaking Okwui Enwezor, art critic, poet, writer and brilliant curator of the # BiennaleArte2015,” the tweet read.

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