previews

Munich

“JÖRG IMMENDORFF: FÜR ALLE LIEBEN IN DER WELT”

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
September 14 - January 27

Curated by Ulrich Wilmes

“For All the Beloved in the World,” the catchy tagline of the upcoming Jörg Immendorff retrospective at Haus der Kunst, is taken from the titles of several paintings from the artist’s late-1960s corpus that feature two recurring figures: big blossoms in red, orange, and yellow hues, and big babies painted “red,” “yellow,” and “brown.” Kitsch and uncanny, cute and offensive, these works exemplify the disconcerting ambivalence that traverses Immendorff’s important oeuvre. From his early activities across a range of media while in the orbit of Joseph Beuys to his later paintings, evocative of a post-World War II George Grosz, Immendorff offers a rude commentary on the unhappy complicity of flower power, free love, and consumer capitalism in the West German “economic miracle.” This retrospective promises to unpack Immendorff’s provocative career with more than one hundred pieces, accompanied by a catalogue that will include contributions from Pamela Kort, Manuel Borja-Villel, Okwui Enwezor, and curator Ulrich Wilmes.