Jörg Immendorff

Neue Nationalgalerie

THE EMINENT SPEAKERS at the September opening of Jörg Immendorff’s Neue Nationalgalerie retrospective “Male Lago: Unsichtbarer Beitrag” (Male Lago: Invisible Contribution), included Gerhard Schröder, who just a few days earlier, on the eve of Germany’s federal elections, had made a remarkable appearance on national television. Clearly exhausted after weeks of campaign battles he still exuberantly claimed to be the only person in the country able to form a government. By the time of the opening, despite the fact that most voters had actually cast their ballots for the various parties of the Left, Schröder’s days in office were numbered, but Immendorff had made it clear that his own political affinities were aligned with those of the majority. Throughout this sprawling exhibition, the artist announces his political leanings via his excessive use of the color red—the red of the Social Democrats,

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