Jörg Immendorff

Jörg Immendorff

The theaters of painting

28 March - 14 June, 2015

After presenting the collection of Gori Giuliano whose theme was the creation of an artistic territory, "Arcadia in Celle", in the hills of Tuscany and the collection of Bernard Massini on the question of human nature’s ambivalence, the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation will this time present, from 28 March to 14 June, Michael Werner’s choice devoted to a single artist, Jörg Immendorff, and an in-depth study of his work. "It is through his long companionship and passion for his art that we have chosen a series of works with the artist as the main character on different pictorial, social, epic, romantic and mental scenes or on the stage of the History of art such as Immendorff imagined them.", explained Olivier Kaeppelin.

Born in 1945 in West Germany, Jörg Immendorff was a student of Joseph Beuys and friend to East German A.R. Penck. Despite his early death in 2007, he leaves behind a work that is immense both by its pictorial power and by the intensity of its engagement. The Maeght Foundation’s exhibition to him was a choice made together with Michael Werner and presents nearly fifty paintings from the years 1970 to 2007 as well as a dozen sculptures. A large part of the creations are dedicated to the last period of the artist’s life, rarely seen in France, and gives an opportunity to discover the sculptor.

A great designer, a major painter and extraordinary colorist, Immendorff delivers a unique vision of the world, taking the audience from one theater to another: that of large cities like the "ice zones" of certain time periods, sheets of ice, and that of cafes, bars, "the underbelly" sometimes taking on the appearance of hell, not to mention the more intimate and spiritual theater of the History of art.