Jörg Immendorff

German, 1945–2007

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Jörg Immendorff

German, 1945–2007

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Provocative painter, sculptor, and stage designer Jorg Immendorff is considered one of Germany’s most important painters of the last century. He is known for his dense, bizarre scenes laden with a wide range of symbolic influences pulled from art history, mythology, and German history. Born at the end of the Second World War, Immendorff’s work reflects the political and psychological turmoil imbedded in postwar German life, in equal parts romping comedy and tragedy. He depicts characters from both his personal life and greater culture in chaotic, large-scale oil paintings that borrow staging and composition from theater. His backgrounds often descend into darkness, as in the “Café Deutschland” series, which Immendorff started in 1977. The bar’s interior functions as a stage set, and the cast of characters represents an allegory of the ideological clash between the East and West.

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Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Provocative painter, sculptor, and stage designer Jorg Immendorff is considered one of Germany’s most important painters of the last century. He is known for his dense, bizarre scenes laden with a wide range of symbolic influences pulled from art history, mythology, and German history. Born at the end of the Second World War, Immendorff’s work reflects the political and psychological turmoil imbedded in postwar German life, in equal parts romping comedy and tragedy. He depicts characters from both his personal life and greater culture in chaotic, large-scale oil paintings that borrow staging and composition from theater. His backgrounds often descend into darkness, as in the “Café Deutschland” series, which Immendorff started in 1977. The bar’s interior functions as a stage set, and the cast of characters represents an allegory of the ideological clash between the East and West.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
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