Nigerian art historian, critic Okwui Enwezor dies at 55

FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2002 file photo, Documenta 11 artistic director Okwui Enwezor smiles during the opening news conference in the municipal hall of Kassel, Germany. Nigerian art historian, curator and critic Okwui Enwezor has died at 55. The Haus der Kunst in Munich, where Enwezor was directed from 2011 to 2018, confirmed his death Friday, March 15, 2019. The museum said despite falling ill in 2015, Enwezor continued to work on exhibitions including the recently opened “El Anatsui. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, Okwui Enwezor, left, curator of the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale of Arts poses with Biennale President Paolo Baratta at the 56th Biennale of Arts in Venice. Nigerian art historian, curator and critic Okwui Enwezor has died at 55. The Haus der Kunst in Munich, where Enwezor was directed from 2011 to 2018, confirmed his death Friday, March 15, 2019. The museum said despite falling ill in 2015, Enwezor continued to work on exhibitions including the recently opened “El Anatsui. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, file)

BERLIN — Nigerian art historian, curator, author and critic Okwui Enwezor has died at 55.

The Haus der Kunst in Munich, where Enwezor was director from 2011 to 2018, confirmed his death in the southern German city Friday. It provided no further details.

The museum said despite falling ill in 2015, Enwezor continued to work on exhibitions including the recently opened "El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale."

Bavaria's state minister of the arts, Bernd Sibler, said in a statement that "we have lost a brilliant intellectual, a highly educated cosmopolitan and a sensitive patron of the arts, to whom artists, museums and art lovers owe a lot."

Enwezor also curated the 2015 Venice Biennale, was artistic director of the Documenta 11, and an adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.

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