German Art since 1960
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German ‘paragons of painting’ such as Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff and Markus Lüpertz have always been fascinated by ‘the figure’. They have dissected and inverted it, freed it of its significance and thus recharged it with new meaning. Their chosen themes are quite specific: German heroes and Deutscher Michel (the German equivalent of John Bull or Uncle Sam), the German imperial eagle and the German shepherd, the Brandenburg Gate, the Black Forest, a pair of antlers as hunting trophy and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the work of Anselm Kiefer one meets profound poetry, but the history-laden lead of old warships, burnt books recalling the Nazi regime and the German oak also have their place in his art. Dope-heads and homeless people, punks, the Nazi salute, nationalist slogans and refugee boats – these are the motifs one encounters in the paintings of Daniel Richter and Jonathan Meese. Neo Rauch’s enigmatic art quotes a multitude of things, among them the German Romantic repertoire, but refute any attempt at comprehensive interpretation. A.R. Penck stylises the figure into symbols and holds a mirror to society. Even the almost abstract, gestural and action-laden paintins of Hartwig Ebersbach from Dresden makes reference to the dancing Kasper, the German equivalent of Punch, a figure beloved by German children. So much figuration and content finds its counterpoint in the paintings of Günther Förg and Imi Knoebel. Their formal approach to colour and surface is sober, clear and precise. German precision, one might say.
The work of Tobias Rehberger, in this exhibition his series of ‘mothers’ sculptures which can be freely copied and rebuilt, addresses the topical issue of originality and authorship in the arts. Anselm Reyle shows reclining horses in the style of painting-by-numbers books – the younger generation seems to have left behind post-war Germany.
Deutsche Kunst nach 1960 [German Art since 1960] was on show at Essl Museum, Austria, in 2015.
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Neo Rauch, Das alte Lied, 2006, Öl auf Leinwand, Diptychon, 300 x 420 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Uwe Walter, (/jart/pub-prc/img.jart? base=/prj3/essl&img=/images/img- Berlin - courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin
Imi Knoebel, LNNDNN, 2004, Acryl auf Aluminium, 244 x 243 x 11 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Anselm Reyle, Weideglück / Contended Grazing, 2011, Mischtechnik auf Leinwand, Stahlrahmen mit Lackeffekt, 225 x 275 cm, © Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: courtesy Galerie CFA, Berlin
A. R. Penck, Serie über Raum 7, 1982, Kunstharz auf Leinwand, 146 x 114 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Tobias Rehberger, mother spiral, (stairs), 2011, Kunstharz (Epoxi), Autolack, 130 x 180 x 145 cm, © Tobias Rehberger, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Anton Henning, Quadrinom No.I, 2005, Vierseitige, drehbare Skulptur mit einem Gemälde auf jeder Seite, Öl auf Leinwand, Holz, Metall und Leuchtmittel
Norbert Schwontkowski, Vegesack, 2006, Öl auf Leinwand, 180 x 200 cm, © Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin
Dieter Roth, Interieur mit Rückblick, 1988, Leim, Ölfarbe, Acrylfarbe, Wasserfarbe auf Mal- und Haushaltsutensilien, diverse Materialien (Holz, Glas, Metall)
Gerhard Richter, Zaun, 1983, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 100 cm, © Gerhard Richter, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Daniel Richter, Halli Galli Polly, 2004, Öl auf Leinwand, 335 x 261 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Neo Rauch, Kommen wir zum Nächsten, 2005, Öl auf Leinwand, 280 x 210 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Uwe Walter, Berlin - courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin
Albert Oehlen, Arturo Klinik Löwen, 1999, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 120 cm, © Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: Photoatelier Laut, Wien
Anselm Kiefer, Nur mit Wind mit Zeit und mit Klang (Die Große Fracht), 2011, Öl, Emulsion, Acryl und Bleiobjekt auf Leinwand
Jonathan Meese, Soldat Flugechse - Papageius Hochrad, 2005, 3-teilig, Öl auf Leinwand, 210 x 420 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: J. Littkemann, courtesy CFA, Berlin
Markus Lüpertz, Vier Kreuze - dithyrambisch III, 1972, Leimfarbe auf Leinwand, 190 x 250 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Stefan Fiedler – Salon Iris, Wien
Jonathan Meese, Der Propagandist, 2005, Bronzeskulptur, 216 x 140 x 100 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: J. Littkemann, courtesy CFA, Berlin
Markus Lüpertz, Standbein - Spielbein, 1982, Bronzeskulptur, 320 x 100 x 100 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Archiv Sammlung Essl
Jörg Immendorff, Ostjörg, 1980, Öl auf Leinwand, 250 x 200 cm, © Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Jörg Immendorff, Wartebiene II, 1992, Öl auf Leinwand, 230 x 170 cm, © Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1987, Acryl, Gips und Blattgold auf Leinwand maroufliert auf Holz, 4-teilig, je 220 x 90 cm, © Sammlung Essl,Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Jörg Immendorff, Malerstamm - Jörg, 2002, Bronzeskulptur, 122 x 63 x 43 cm, © Sammlung Essl Klosterneuburg / Wien, Foto: Claudio Abate, Rom
Hartwig Ebersbach, Reiter - Fibel (V), 2001, Öl auf Leinwand, 180 x 150 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Martin Eder, Voll Frucht und Fülle, 2007, Öl auf Leinwand, 160 x 120 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin
Tim Eitel, Matratze, 2008, Öl auf Leinwand, 221 x 211 cm, © BILDRECHT Wien, 2015, Foto: courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin
Georg Baselitz, Partisan (Remix), 2005, Öl auf Leinwand, 300 x 250 cm, © Georg Baselitz, Foto: Mischa Nawrata, Wien
Anselm Kiefer, The Fertile Crescent, 2009, Öl, Emulsion, Acryl, Karton, Gips und Kreide auf Leinwand, 330 x 762 cm
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