Für wen?, Jörg Immendorff
Jörg Immendorff
Für wen?
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Jörg Immendorff

Für wen?, 1973


Dimensions
130.0 x 210.0 cm
Physical Description
Synthetic resin on canvas
Inventory Number
2379
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with support from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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With his fist clenched, this man is indicating the way to ‘real’ art. The message is: Art must be of use to the people. With ‘To Whom?’ Jörg Immendorff, who joined the Maoist-influenced KPD/ML in 1973, was practising a Western version of agitprop. While he phrases an unambiguous thesis, the antithesis emerges almost imperceptibly – namely Joseph Beuys’ ‘social sculpture’, an extended idea of art with which Beuys intended to alter society. Initially, Immendorff eagerly adopted this notion; here, however, it seems exaggerated, utopian and ultimately hopeless.

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Title
Für wen? (Original Title)
Title Translation
To whom?
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Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Synthetic resin on canvas
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Picture Copyright
© The Estate of Jörg Immendorff
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with support from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Primary
  • 49L12 Roman script; scripts based on the Roman alphabet
  • 48A2 criticizing and discussing art, art criticism
  • 44C42 (political) agitator
  • 46B353 poster
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16.09.2019