Jiří Georg Dokoupil


Jiří Georg Dokoupil is a famous painter despite his insistence that he can’t paint. In vain he once tried to paint like a proper Impressionist. After working at it for more than a year, he simply gave up. Even at that time, though, he already had a reputation as a painter. As part of the Cologne-based group Mühlheimer Freiheit—which at the beginning of the ’80s took to the paintbrush in protest against rigid Minimalism and intellectual Conceptualism—he gained international renown. This was at a time when most progressive thinkers were of the opinion that painting was dead.

But painting, it turns out, was far from dead. Not only the Mühlheimer Freiheit group, of which Walter Dahn was also a member, but also the Berlin painters Salome, Rainer Fetting, and Martin Kippenberger, along with Hamburg’s Oehlen brothers, all seemed to be painting anything and everything, quickly and

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