Die 80er

Figurative Malerei in der BRD

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Die 80er
Figurative Malerei in der BRD

Ed. Martin Engler, graphic design by Kühle und Mozer, text(s) by Martin Engler, Zdenek Felix, Walter Grasskamp, Franziska Leuthäußer u.a., foreword by Max Hollein

German

2015. 276 pp., 264 ills.

hardcover

25.90 x 28.80 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3928-3

An extensive overview of figurative painting in West Germany in the eighties is being published on the occasion of the large-scale summer exhibition at the Städel Museum

The end of the avant-gardists in the seventies was followed by the rediscovery of figurative painting in the eighties. The unbridled momentum and explosive power of the new was immense: in the early 1980s, the young artists, who came from very different directions, painted their pictures free of art-historical styles, isms, and groups. The combination of the transgression of aesthetic boundaries, nihilism, provocation, humor, and irony spawned a generation of painters that within several few years was received not only in Germany but internationally. The publication draws a complex and differentiated picture of the dynamics that seized the painting of those years. It highlights different perspectives and movements that began at the time in Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne, distinguishes them from one another, and relates them to each other.

Exhibition schedule: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, July 22–October 18, 2015

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