Under the names Wilden en Nieuwe Wilden (literally “wild and new wild”) the Groningen Museum and the Museum de Fundatie will present a double-exposition dedicated to the 20th century expressionism in Germany. In the Groningen Museum neo-expressionalism from the 80’s will be in the spotlight.
As brutally as punk shook up the pop-music world, in the same manner neo-expressionism manifested itself in the world of art. Abstract and conceptual tendencies were dominating the art world in the 60s and 70s and no one expected such an expressionistic, figurative art form to return to the spotlight with such force. However, that’s what happened, simultaneously in multiple countries, though nowhere as dominantly as in (former West-) Germany. Many cities developed centers where young artists could create raw, provocative and humoristic pieces, working together or in competition. Some of these works were directly inspired by the historic German expressionism, others practiced so called “bad painting” utilizing unconcealed sarcasm. The Groningen Muesum was the first in the Netherlands to collect pieces of this trend on a large scale.
Nieuwe Wilden, with pieces by Walter Dahn, Martin Kippenberger, Helmut Middendorf, Ina Barfuss, Peter Bömmels, Werner Büttner, Albert Oehlen, Bettina Semmer, Volker Tannert, Thomas Wachweger and Bernd Zimmer, was originally put together by the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and is the first exhibition to give an elaborate and coherent retrospective on this art phenomenon.
The exhibition can be viewed at the Groningen Museum from 30th April to 23rd October 2016.
Pictured here: The Birth of the Mülheimer Freiheit, Archiv Paul Maenz, Berlin. First Painting of the Wall, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.