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

Für wen?, 1973


Dimensions
130 x 210 cm
Physical Description
Synthetic resin on canvas
Inventory Number
2379
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 with support of the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art, room 5

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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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28.05.2024