*1945 in Bleckede, Germany; † 2007 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Worked with paintings and sculptures
About the Work
Jörg Immendorff’s paintings often proved as controversial as the artist’s personal life. Indeed traces of his hedonism can be discerned in the art itself. The Café Deutschland series, begun in 1977 and continued through the 1980s, portrayed a fictional nightclub that straddles the border between East and West Germany. Politically resonant for the time, with a highly satirical bent, each painting is an incredibly detailed scene of decadence, playing with perspective and jumbling images of scantily clad women, fighting men, well-known politicians and symbols of Nazi-era Germany into one nightmarish vision. Immendorff was seen as a confrontational artist, but perhaps only because he voiced unpalatable political truths.