Jörg Immendorff’s “Questions from a Painter who Reads” at Michael Werner Gallery, London

Michael Werner Gallery is hosting “Questions from a Painter who Reads” by German artist Jörg Immendorff through January 25, 2019.

One of the most important artists to emerge from post-war Germany, Jörg Immendorff was known for his provocative art that borrowed elements from cartoons, history and his autobiography. He challenged both artistic and political establishments, all with a particular focus on the role of the artist in contemporary society and within history at large.

“Questions from a Painter who Reads” showcases paintings that span four decades of the artist’s career from 1974 to 2007. The title of the exhibition is taken from a 1980 painting that recalls a 1935 poem by Bertolt Brecht called “Questions from a Worker Who Reads.” The work questions whether ancient victories were the result of a single hero or a legion of unacknowledged supporters.

Immendorff became dissatisfied as an artist due to his disappointment towards politics in 1970s. He sought to produce paintings for and about the working masses that were outwardly political but at the same time involved deep personal questioning of his own artistic motives and desires.

As per the official release, “From the ‘Maoist Paintings,’ the exhibition leads into Immendorff’s celebrated ‘Cafe Deutschland’ series. ‘Cafe Deutschland’ depicts a highly conceptual representation of a divided Germany — part club, part theater stage — in which a disparate cast of characters from all sides of the ideological struggle play their parts in a burlesque of politics, culture and identity.”

Jörg Immendorff’s scientific and art historical interests can be seen in the artist’s late paintings. As written in the release, “Immendorff explored motifs from sixteenth-century artists and thinkers like Hans Baldung Grien, philosopher Jakob Bohme, and botanical illustrator Albertus Seba, and created a large body of personally resonant work despite his struggles with the degenerative neurological disease ALS.”

Jörg Immendorff’s work has been exhibited internationally since the mid-1960s. This exhibition coincides with the major retrospective “For All Beloved in the World,” which recently opened at Haus der Kunst, Munich, and will travel to Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, in 2019.

 

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