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Baselitz - Immendorff - Schönebeck at Villa Wessel


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Baselitz – Immendorff – Schönebeck
Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection at
Villa Wessel

Eugen Schönebeck was one of the most interesting German artists of the 1960s to be rediscovered. In the spring of 2011, the Schirn in Frankfurt dedicated a major retrospective to his work and the Galerie Nolan Judin presented a selection of his paper works—for many critics one of the highlights of the last Berlin art winter. Together with his artist friend Georg Baselitz, Schönebeck represents a figurative art that stands radically apart from the ambivalent abstractions of Informel and Tachism, which dominated the European scene throughout the fifties. Jörg Immendorff also pursued a renewed representational painting—for him, it was the right medium to convey his socially critical themes.  

Starting in September, this return to figuration can be seen in the exhibition Baselitz – Immendorff – Schönebeck. The Kunstverein Villa Wessel in Iserlohn presents selected prints, drawings, and watercolors by the three artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection. Schönebeck’s ink drawings portray mutated beings that hover between the world of the living and the dead. In these grotesque, extreme paintings, the artist processed the horrors he witnessed as a child at the end of the Second World War. Baselitz is also present with his typically upside-down figures. In the artist’s landscapes and portraits, the motif seems less a visual expression of a personal “experience of seeing” than a trigger for the act of painting and drawing itself. On the other hand, Immendorff’s series of linoleum prints is deliberately political: depicting motifs such as the Brandenburg Gate, border towers, and the hammer and sickle from the East German state flag, Naht (1982) addresses one of his central themes, the post-war division of Germany.

This new joint project of Deutsche Bank Collection and the Kunstverein Villa Wessel emphasizes that Deutsche Bank also aims at supporting smaller institutions outside the larger cities that are dedicated to contemporary art.

Baselitz – Immendorff – Schönebeck
Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection

August 31 – November 4, 2012
Villa Wessel, Iserlohn

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