Jörg Immendorff, ‘Alltag im Café Ost. Gegen Westwährung sofort.’, 1978, Koller Auctions

In our second work from Immendorff, “Alltag im Café Ost" (“Day-to-day Life in the Café East“), Immendorff focused on the socio-political differences between East and West: the partly crumbling state of the buildings and facilities in the East, the GDR-State and the prevailing social mood. On the other hand, the power of capitalism and Western currencies exerted an influence over the people of the ex-GDR. He played with the dream, the prevailing illusion that all problems would be solved with the money of the West. In spite of the far-sighted view with which he observed the German trauma, he managed in his paintings to achieve a balancing act between political criticism and ironic observation, which required a great complexity in its critical reception.

Signature: Signed and dated lower right: Immendorff 78. On the reverse with the archive number: GMW279 426.

Image rights: Courtesy of Koller Auktionen

Zurich 1990, Jörg Immendorff. Bilder und Arbeiten auf Papier. Galerie Raymond Bollag, Zurich, 24 April - 20 June 1990 (with the label on the reverse).

Galerie Michael Werner.

Acquired from Galerie Raymond Bollag, Zurich, by the present owner in 1990. Since then private collection Switzerland.

About Jörg Immendorff

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.

German, 1945-2007, Bleckede, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany

Group Shows

Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren