September 12, 2018 - Haus der Kunst - Jörg Immendorff: For all Beloved in the World
September 12, 2018

Haus der Kunst

Jörg Immendorff, Für alle Lieben in der Welt [For all Beloved in the World], 1966. Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe. © Estate of Jörg Immendorff. Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Köln & New York.

Jörg Immendorff
For all Beloved in the World
September 14, 2018–January 27, 2019

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
D-80538 Munich
Germany
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–8pm,
Thursday 10am–10pm

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Jörg Immendorff
For all Beloved in the World
September 14, 2018–January 27, 2019

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
D-80538 Munich
Germany
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–8pm,
Thursday 10am–10pm

T +49 89 21127113
mail@hausderkunst.de

www.hausderkunst.de
Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Jörg Immendorff (1945-2007) cultivated his image as an artist and tough guy, but he also had a soft and thoughtful side that can be discovered in addition to his political sense of mission in the retrospective For all Beloved in the World. A painting of a baby with red skin and a bouquet of flowers from 1966 lends the exhibition its title. The work is part of a larger series that depicts babies of different origins, chubby and laughing, trimmed to simplicity, “as a symbol of love and peace,” as Immendorff explained.

In the mid-1960s, as a student at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the class of Joseph Beuys, Immendorff first slipped into the role of the agitator. The actions of the Lidl Academy, which he developed with his first wife Chris Reinicke, represent his desire to change the world, to rebel against—what he felt—the uninspired and uninspiring political policies in Germany. Intuition and creativity were to be liberated through action. "Lidl" is an artificial word created in the tradition of Dada.

Later, Immendorff became sympathetic to the ideas of the KPD (German Communist Party). For several years he worked as a secondary school teacher and developed a visual language in which word and image stood side by side on equal footing. His “Accountability Report” is a series of paintings marked by clear pedagogical and political messages.

It was not until the late 1970s that Immendorff (1945-2007) decided to dedicate himself completely to art. In 1976, he participated in the Venice Biennale; in 1977, he created his Café Deutschland series, inspired by Renato Guttuso’s Caffé Greco (1976), which Immendorff had seen in an exhibition in Cologne. In the Café Deutschland images, Immendorff explores the politics of his time—it was a period marked by the RAF and domestic conflicts on both sides of the Berlin Wall—and in which the reunification of the two Germanys seemed beyond the realm of reality. In gloomy, theatrical settings, Immendorff portrayed himself as a border crosser between East and West. In addition to the clear political motivation, the pictures also show Immendorff's view of the world, in which ideas—embodied by historical figures—are in dialogue with each other through space and time.

In 1998 Immendorff learned that he has ALS ( amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). His world became progressively darker and his work was increasingly directed inward. He worked until his death—in the end only with the help of assistants who, following his instructions, realized his ideas in the studio. This final work phase includes key pieces such as Last Self-portrait  I - The Painting Calls (1998) or Untitled (2000) with the vanitas motif borrowed from Hans Baldung Grien of a runner balancing on two globes. The political and social message gradually disappeared from Immendorff’s late work.

The retrospective will include nearly 200 works. It does not follow a strict chronology of the works but will instead outline in chapters decisive focal points in Immendorff’s development.

Curated by Ulrich Wilmes.

A catalog is published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. It contains a foreword by Ulrich Wilmes and Manuel Borja-Villel; contributions by Okwui Enwezor, Johanna Adorjan, Ulf Jensen, Danièle Cohn, Harald Szeemann, Pamela Kort, and Feridun Zaimoglu. Available in English and German.

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