1945 - 2007
Born in Bleckede (DE), died in Düsseldorf (DE).
During the 1960s Jörg Immendorff studies at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. After finishing his set design studies, he went on to focus on the visual arts and is taught by Joseph Beuys. Immendorff gets involved in extra-parliamentary politics during his studies and after organising a number of provocative actions he is expelled from the academy.
From the very beginning Immendorff has been painting figurative and socially critical paintings. His contemporary historical paintings exhibit a close relationship to the Neue Wilde. In the early 1970s several German artists, including A. R. Penck, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz and Jörg Immendorff gain attention by their expressive style of painting. The Neue Wilde express their dissatisfaction about the social structures on large canvases.
Immendorff is also known for his sixteen-part series, Café Deutschland. In this series Immendorff critiques the Berlin Wall and the capitalist and communist ideologies that led to the separation of East and West Germany.
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Wir können zufrieden sein
Jörg Immendorff, Wir können zufrieden sein, 1981. Painting, synthetic paint, canvas, 252.5 x 202.5 cm.
Jörg Immendorff, Brechtzyklus, 1976. Painting, synthetic paint, canvas, 6 x (110 x 90 cm).
Brandenburger Tor Weltfra...
Jörg Immendorff, Brandenburger Tor Weltfrage (Brandenburg Gate Universal Question) by Jörg Immendorff (with a poem by A.R. Penck), 1982. Book, ink, paper, 23.1 x 19 cm, language : English, German, author : A.R. Penck, publisher : The Museum of Modern Art New York, ISBN : 0-87070-670-5.
Jörg Immendorff 'LIDL 196...
Jörg Immendorff, Jörg Immendorff 'LIDL 1966-1970', 1981. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, 95 p, language : English, author : R.H. Fuchs, publisher : Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.
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The collection XXIX – Spi...
20 January 2012 - 29 April 2012.
Curated by Bart De Baere, Jan De Vree, Anders Kreuger (M HKA) en Charles Esche and Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum) Spirits of In
The Eightees – A Decade o...
17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes presents a nuanced picture of the eighties with all its contrasts, cheerful and playful, but also hard an
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Het Geëngageerde [The Eng...
To some extent, this is code for ‘politically or socially engaged art’. But only to some extent. Activism in art may also imply physical acti
"... They cannot be reduced. They’re not representable. The claim of the complexity of their design is irreducible. They never give the impre
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Short video fragment on Jörg Immendorff. The painter Jörg Immendorff is one of the best known contemporary German artists and one of the most