Chris Reinecke

Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine

The Lidl-Raum, founded in Düsseldorf in 1968, was one of the first artist-organized spaces in which art and politics were united. It arose under the influence of the May 1968 demonstrations in Paris and the German student movement, but the Lidl actions reached their high point in May 1969 after affiliated artists set up a “Lidl-classroom” in a boarded hut in the corridor of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. When it was banned and the artists expelled, Joseph Beuys put his classroom at the disposal of the action. For a long time it was said that Jörg Immendorff initiated this noteworthy episode. In fact, it was a collaborative project of Immendorff and his wife, Chris Reinecke.

Reinecke’s accomplishments in general and the importance of her role in the Lidl actions in particular are finally clarified in this large retrospective of her work from the ’60s. The nature of her practice ensures that

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