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Georg Baselitz, Die große Nacht im Eimer (The Big Night Down the Drain), 1962/63; courtesy of Museum Ludwig, Köln
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I WANTED MY OWN HIERARCHY
by Birgit Maria Sturm
translated by Caroline von Falkenhausen




Michael Werner ranks among the most influential gallery owners in the world. Together with artists such as Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck and Jörg Immendorff, he assisted in bringing international acclaim to new German art, which today is represented by great painting and high prices. But it was not always this way: in 1963 he caused outrage in his Berlin gallery on the Kurfürstendamm by exhibiting the famous Baselitz painting Die große Nacht im Eimer (The Big Night Down the Drain), which depicts a boy masturbating.

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