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Imi Giese

Neue Galerie Graz

In all the histories of post-war German art, there is hardly more than a mention of Imi Giese. This exhibition, organized by the Kunstverein in Munich together with the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Neue Galerie, provided an opportunity to look back on this almost-forgotten artist whose death in 1974 tore him away from one of the most productive periods of German sculpture. Rainer Giese and Wolf Knoebel went to the academy in Düsseldorf in 1964; in 1965 Blinky Palermo brought them into Joseph Beuys’ class where they participated in a redefinition of sculpture. Imi (Giese) and Imi (Knoebel)—so named after a well-known detergent—collaborated and produced a film in 1969, at the end of their close relationship, a film that was seldom shown.

In contrast to Palermo, who always remained a painter, to Reiner Ruthenbeck’s surreal arte povera, and to Knoebel’s playful constructivism, Giese offered the

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