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The French discover the work of Jörg Immendorf: paintings and sculptures of a German revolutionary artist exhibited in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

When there was no speaker at hand, he took up the brush. The great provocateur, the last Marxist artist and classic of modern art in Germany, Jörg Immendorf, again takes the floor. Picturesque political and social statements of the author are exhibited in France - it is worth looking at art with a voice!

"When the first bomb falls, not one easel will stand"

This statement most accurately expresses the attitude of the German painter to the role and tasks of art: his works were loud-voiced in a poster, they challenged, forced to rethink the past of Germany and argue themselves hoarsely. Immendorph was most worried about the war and the fate of divided Germany. “The artist's fist is also a fist”, “Stop painting”, “What position do you and your art take, colleague?” He was mercilessly criticized for his paintings-manifestos, but he still won recognition, becoming the owner of the West German medal.

Name and work of the artist you know? Perhaps in 2001 you visited his personal exhibition in the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg). In general, the eternal question: if these canvases were not even spectacularly interesting workshops, would their social appeal be heard? In any case, the work of Immendorf worthy of close attention.

Cafe Jörmendorf

The exhibition is called “The theater of painting” - something like “drawn theaters”. Indeed, Immendorf is an art director, his paintings are like scenes from a film transferred to canvas. The author appeals to the images of political figures, heroes of mythology and strange tales, pours thousands of allegories and symbols.

Share Share Share Jörg Immendorff (1945−2007) was born a few months after the end of the war. His teacher was Joseph Beuys himself (Joseph Beuys), but for the neo-Dadaist antics and revolutionary appeals, the future celebrity from the Düsseldorf Academy was “asked”. Subsequently, the artist did not change his liking: in 2004, he was arrested for participating in a cocaine orgy, which he, without loss, explained the manifestation of a deadly disease.White cupsYyorg Jmmendorf Glorified a rebel series of sixteen paintings "Cafe Germany" Immendorf wrote in the second half of the 1970s.Сafe Deutschland Iyorg JmmendorfXX Century

Artists Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Francis Picabia, Joseph Beuys, Georg Baselitz and collector Mikhail Werner moved to the picture “Redi Maid Stories in the Cafe Du Flore”. The company is in an intoxicating mixture of fiction and reality.

Immendorf soon led the post-modernist movement New Wilds. Not wanting to break ties with classical German art and being a recognized representative of the new German expressionism, he, in fact, did not fit into any particular genre.Without a name, Yorg Jmmendorf1996 For a long time Immendorf was looking for his place in politics, which became the primary cause of most of his canvases, leaning, however, towards leftist views. It is interesting that Immendorf was friends with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.Green armchairJorg Jmmendorf

The artist died 8 years ago in France. This was preceded by a serious illness, which deprived him of the ability to move normally. Most of the exhibition is focused, just on the final period of his work.

In the café de Florjorg Jmmendorf1987 ... Immendorf could no longer draw. From this moment begins an amazing adventure, during which the artist develops a unique creative method. He was not able to take a brush in his hand, but experimenting, with the help of assistants, he created “mental projections” - allegorical pictures with a magic composition.Untitled by Yorg Ymmendorf2006

The retrospective includes more than 70 works by a current German artist. 50 paintings from 1970 to 2007, among which are works from the famous Café Deutschland series, the main theme of which is the Cold War and the wall separating two completely different worlds: the Federal Republic of Germany and the GDR.

From the "Cafe Deutschland" series Jörg JmmendorfXX century. Most of the works presented in retrospect were presented by German collector Michael Werner, who acquired Immendorf's paintings from the 1970s. In Saint-Paul-de-Vence at the “Theatres of Painting” exhibition they will be presented until June 14th.