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“Zwischenbilanz”

Museum Villa Stuck

The “cultural landslide” let loose by the unorthodox art of the “Jungen Wilden” (the “Young Wild Ones”) on accepted views of the avant-garde has aroused greater public interest in Germany than any previous art movement, even Pop. Reports in Stern magazine on the professional doings of these 30-year-olds, and appearances on popular TV shows, have contributed to the widespread interest. But a certain nervousness remains about these artists, which is of course in line with the intentions of many of them. “Zwischenbilanz: Neue deutsche Malerei” (Interim report: the new German painting), which the usually risk-shy German Foreign Office commissioned Klaus Honnef to organize at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, to which it traveled this summer, was meant to shed some light on this work, which some dismiss and others greatly admire.

Out of the horde of artists who were considered at the start

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