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’80s THEN

Jörg Immendorff

PAMELA KORT: What were the signal moments in the ’80s for you?

JÖRG IMMENDORFF: In 1982 I had my first large museum show in Germany at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, where my “Café Deutschland” [1978–82] paintings were featured. Shortly thereafter I participated for the second time in Documenta, and just a few months later “Zeitgeist” opened at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

This period was also important to me because of the interaction between the older generation of artists and much younger ones, like Walter Dahn and Georg Jiří Dokoupil, two of the Cologne artists grouped around the Mülheimer Freiheit. They had just been featured in a show at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, “Zehn junge Künstler aus Deutschland.” A few months later their work was also showcased at Documenta 7. It is seldom that an older and younger generation come to public attention at the same time. Then there were books

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