Jörg Immendorff (German, 1945–2007) was a painter born in Bleckede, Lower Saxony. During his childhood, his parents divorced and his mother sent him to a rigorous boarding school; Immendorff, however, was more interested in visual art, and used his schoolbooks for drawing. His first exhibition took place at the New Orleans Jazz Club in Bonn (1961). In 1963, Immendorff left the boarding school to attend the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where he studied with theater designer Teo Otto. He later worked with Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986), who himself became a figure within Immendorff''s own paintings. Immendorff is best known for his Café Deutschland paintings, started in the 1970s. Colorful and ornate, the works include depictions of political and historical figures, and are considered semi-autobiographical as well.

Like many German artists of his generation, Immendorff could not ignore Germany''s disturbing history of Nazism and World War II, a condition that he grappled with directly through his artwork. In 1998, the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, featured a retrospective exhibition of Immendorff’s work. Also in 1998, the artist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig''s disease. During the latter years of his life, Immendorf strove to raise awareness of and research funds for ALS. He died of complications from the disease at the age of 61.

Timeline

1945
Born on July 14 in Bleckede near Lüneburg, Germany
1961
First exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Club, Bonn
1963–1964
Studies stagecraft with Teo Otto at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf for three terms
1963–1964
Studies 3 semesters stage design, Düsseldorf, Germany
1964
Admission in the class of Joseph Beuys, Düsseldorf, Germany
1965–1966
Various actions and manifestations at the Academy of Art
1968–1970
"Lidl" Activities in Düsseldorf, other towns and abroad
1972
Participates in "documenta 5"
1973
Publishes the book "Hier und jetzt: das tun, was zu tun ist"
1976
In autumn first meeting with the artist A. R. Penck (Ralf Winkler) in Berlin (GDR), who is living in Dresden; first united short Manifesto about collective works.
1976
Participates in the Venice Biennale
1977
On May 1st, second meeting with Penck in Berlin (GDR), forms a pact with Penck for joint actions; subsequently different mutual activities and exhibitions; begins the series "Café Deutschland"
1978
First exhibition of the "Café Deutschland" paintings at the Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
1979
Visits Penck in Dresden; completes collaborations, which began in the early 70's, with the "Grünen/Bunten" movement, "Initiative Bunte Liste Düsseldorf" (IBL)
1960–1980
Art Teacher, from 1971 on at the Dumont-Lindemann secondary school in Düsseldorf
1982–1983
documenta 7, Visiting professor at the Academy of Art in Hamburg, in the "Class F+F" in Zürich and at the Academy of Art in Trondheim
1984
Opening of the Café "La Paloma", St. Pauli, Hamburg
1984–1985
Visiting professor at the Academy for Arts and Crafts, Cologne and at The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
1985
Creates the "Hans Albers" sculpture for Hamburg
1986
Stage design and costumes for the opera "Elektra" by Richard Strauß, at the Bremen Stadttheater
1987
Works on the fantastic amusement park "Luna Luna" by André Heller; second prize for the draft of the wall painting in the colonnade in the Paulskirche, Frankfurt
1989
Since this time, he has been a professor at Städelschule Frankfurt, Germany
1994
Set and costume design for Stravinsky's opera "The Rake's Progress" for the Salzburg Festival
1996
Professor at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1996
Professor at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1997
Appointed as a member of Europäische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste, Salzburg; Visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin
1997
"Premio Marco 1996: Grand Prize Winner", Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey"Premio Marco 1996: Grand Prize Winner", Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey
1997
"Premio Marco 1996: Grand Prize Winner", Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey
1998
Receives "Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (Order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)
2000
Receives "Kulturpreis der Stadt Dortmund"
2002
Set and costume design for the opera "Die Nase", Premiere at the "Staatsoper unter den Linden", Berlin, 16.11.2002
2007
Died on May 28 in Duesseldorf, Germany

Exhibitions

2014
Versuch Adler zu werden, Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst im Glaspalast, Augsbur (solo)g
2014
Ich Immendorf, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany (solo)
2013
Affentheater. Jörg Immendorff – Gemälde und Plastiken, Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg (solo)
2013
Gut Aufgelegt. Die Sammlung Heinz Beck, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein (solo)
2013
Affentheater. Jörg Immendorff – Gemälde und Plastiken, Städtische Galerie, Klagenfurt (solo)
2013
Genius Loci. Contemporary Masters. Düsseldorfer Akademie nach 1945', Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf (solo)
2013
Jörg Immendorff, Schloss Corvey, Bad Pyrmont (solo)
2013
Sehnsucht Ich, Museum Essl, Klosterneuburg (solo)
2013
Macht/ Wahn/ Vision. Der Turm und urbane Giganten in der Skulptur, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn (solo)
2010
Jörg Immendorff, Galerie Cardi Black Box, Mailand (solo)
2009
Jörg Immendorff – Paintings from the Seventies, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (solo)
2009
Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, LACMA, Los Angeles, traveling to Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg and Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
2009
Jörg Immendorff: Druckgraphik, Kunsthaus Stade, Stade travels to Schloss Zichy, Zsámbék/Budapest
2008
Jörg Immendorff: Was uns Malerei bedeuten kann (What Painting Can Mean for Us), Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
2008
Jörg Immendorff. Der Affe und ich (The Monkey and Me), Stadtmuseum Hofheim
2008
Jörg Immendorff. Graphic and Sculpture, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren;
2008
Jörg Immendorff, Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Viersen
2008
Serial Works on Paper, Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin
2008
Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
2008
Jörg Immendorff - his life's work in painting and sculptures, CCH – Congress Center Hamburg, Germany
2008
Serial Works on Paper, Julius Werner, Berlin
2008
Series Drawings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2008
Black Swan: A Sculpture Show, Michael Werner London, London
2007
Selection, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2007
Jörg Immendorff: New Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2007
Jörg Immendorff. Nouvelles Peintures, Michael Werner. Une saison à Paris, Galerie de France, Paris
2007
Immendorff. Sculptures 1988 – 2005, KulturBahnhof Kassel
2007
Jörg Immendorff. Retrospective of Drawings, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
2007
Jörg Immendorff. Der Affe und ich (The Monkey and Me), Stadtmuseum Hofheim
2007
Akademos: Jörg Immendorff, MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg
2006
Jörg Immendorff, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (solo)
2006
Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, California (solo)
2006
Schnuppe, Patricia Low Contemporary, Parkstrasse, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (solo)
2006
Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2006
Beautiful Cynicism, Arario Beijing, Beijing
2006
Sherwood Forest: Jörg Immendorff / Jonathan Meese, Museum Haarlem, Netherlands
2006
Implosion, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
2005
Jörg Immendorff: High Plains Drifter, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
2005
Jörg Immendorff, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
2005
Jörg Immendorff: Drawings, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
2005
Jörg Immendorff: New Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2005
Jörg Immendorff: Neue Bilder, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2005
Girls on Film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York
2005
Jörg Immendorff, Arario Gallery, South Korea (solo)
2005
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, London
2004
Jörg Immendorff. I Wanted to Become an Artist, Goldie Paley Gallery, Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
2004
Jörg Immendorff, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2004
Jörg Immendorff, Art & Public, Geneva
2004
Jörg Immendorff, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
2004
Jörg Immendorff. Bilder, Skulpturen, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Noah im Glaspalast, Augsburg
2004
Jörg Immendorff, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica
2004
Jörg Immendorff. Entwürfe zum Bühnenbild der Oper "Die Nase", Galerie Springer, Berlin
2004
DC: Jörg Immendorff. Standort für Kritik, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2003
Immendorff 'Weltnase'. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen, Kunstverein Lippstadt
2003
Jörg Immendorff. Aualand. Teil 1: 1965 – 1984. Teil 2: 1985 – 2003, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
2002
Jörg Immendorff. Wenn das Bild zum Berg kommt, China Millenium Monument, Beijing
2001
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
2001
Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2001
Galeri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen
2000
Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
1999
Gl. Holtegaard/Breda-Fonden, Holte, Denmark
1998
Muzeum Narodowe Warszawie, Warsaw
1997
Stadtgalerie Sundern
1995
Barbican Art Gallery, London
1994
ACE Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Museo Tamayo, Mexico Abbaye Saint-André Museum, Meymac
1993
Centre George Pompidou Paris, France
1992
Allegories of Modernism, New York, New York
1986
Galerie Mary Boon New York, New York
1984
5th Biennale of Sydney Sydney, Australia
1982
Documenta 7 Kassel, Germany
1978
First exhibition of the "Café Deutschland" paintings at the Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
1978
Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1972
Documenta 5 Kassel, Germany
1965
Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf
1961
First exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Club, Bonn

Literature

2005
High Plains Drifter. Jörg Immendorff, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin 2005
2005
Immendorff-Male Lago, Neue National Galerie, Berlin 2005
2004
Jörg Immendorff, Michael Werner, Cologne 2004
2002
Jörg Immendorff. Wenn das Bild zum Berg kommt..., Millenium Monument, Beijing; Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai; China International Exhibition Agency, 2002
2001
Jörg Immendorff: Allen Dingen ist der Wechsel eigen, Staatliches Russisches Museum, St. Petersburg, 2001
2000
Immendorff. Bilder, Tayfun Belgin(Hrsg.), Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund 2000
2000
Jörg Immendorff. Bilder und Zeichnungen / Paintings and drawings, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover 2000
1999
Jörg Immendorff. Bilder 1997-98, Zeichnungen, Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Augsburg 1999
1999
Jörg Immendorff. Malerwald, Museum Küppersmühle - Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg 1999
1999
The Rake's Progress. Jörg Immendorff, Gl. Holtegaard/Breda-Fonden, Holte 1999
1998
Jörg Immendorff. Malerdebatte, Kunstmuseum, Bonn 1998
1998
Jörg Immendorff. Znaki, symbole i wizje/Zeichen, Symbole und Visionen/Signs, Symbols and Visions, Nationalmuseum, Warsaw 1998
1997
Jörg Immendorff. Rake's Progress Eine Folge von 8 farbigen Radierungen,: Sabine Knust, Munich 1997
1996
Immendorff. Gyntiana, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin 1996
1996
Jörg Immendorff - Respect I, Dresdner Kunstverein, Dresden 1996
1996
Jörg Immendorff. Seeing The Rake's Progress, Salzburger Festspiele, Salzburg,1996