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Jörg Immendorff


From March 8th to June 1st, 2014 Villa Schöningen will present the exhibition Jörg Immendorff. 40 works by the German painter are shown, the earliest work is from 1965, the most recent was created shortly before Immendorff's death in 2007. Looking back at the artist's life, the political events in Germany can be reflected at the same time: Jörg Immendorff sat down in the Works shown in the Villa Schöningen deal with political and social issues. These include works critical of the system such as "Parlament" (1978) or "Café Germany VIII - No Light for Whom" (1980). Immendorff also addressed the division of Germany within Germany, for example, in the works "Ddrr painter" and "Brrrd painter" (both 1978).

Seven works in the exhibition show Jörg Immendorff's idea of ​​"LIDL". Between 1968 and 1969 "LIDL" was an action project together with Chris Reinecke, with whom Immendorff wanted to participate in the 1968 movement. Among other things, he designed a "LIDL" city, which he drew on a blackboard with chalk and which represents a settlement for a municipality.

In the six years of his terminal illness, he had to develop a completely new procedure again like a "young artist" in order to be able to continue painting.

The energy that still speaks from Immendorff's political images almost 30 years later has lost none of its intensity. On the contrary, as examples of a "new history painting", the pioneer of which Immendorff was in Germany, the works seem beyond their context at the time and are as exciting and topical today as they were then.

Jörg Immendorff was born near Lüneburg in 1945 and died in Düsseldorf in 2007. Similar to Otto Dix or George Grosz at the beginning of the 20th century, artists are taking their time. Nevertheless, Immendorff is undisputedly one of the most important German painters of the late 20th century. After many years of intensive international exhibition practice, Immendorff was honored in 2006 with a major retrospective in the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin. His works can be found in almost all important museum collections of contemporary art, including the Cologne Museum Ludwig, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Kunsthaus Zürich, and the Tate Gallery, London, the Center Pompidou, Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and many more.

Ausstellungsplakat Jörg Immendorff, 2014
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