After presenting the collection of Gori Giuliano whose theme was the creation of an artistic territory, “Arcadia in Celle”, in the hills of Tuscany and the collection of Bernard Massini on the question of human nature’s ambivalence, the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation will this time present, from 28 March to 14 June, Michael Werner’s choice devoted to a single artist, Jörg Immendorff, and an in-depth study of his work. “It is through his long companionship and passion for his art that we have chosen a series of works with the artist as the main character on different pictorial, social, epic, romantic and mental scenes or on the stage of the History of art such as Immendorff imagined them”, explained Olivier Kaeppelin.
“I’m glad to see this exhibition of a German expressionist painter, one of the great painters of the late twentieth century, at the Maeght Foundation. German expressionist painting was quite rare on its walls and it is with pleasure that I see this exhibition follow the one that was devoted to Otto Dix, a painter who captivates me and to which Immendorff refers to in his work”, said Adrien Maeght, President of the Maeght Foundation, adding “may it give value to the work and to the eye of a passionate collector, gallerist and important companion for the artists, Michael Werner, just as my father and mother had been”.
“The collection of paintings we have built around the work of Immendorff highlights the understanding of this artist. Michael Werner saw it as one of the most important creations of the past 50 years. He has continued to build a collection that today allows the power and the complexity and subtlety of this work to be revealed”, says Olivier Kaeppelin.
Born in 1945 in West Germany, Jörg Immendorff was a student of Joseph Beuys and friend to East German A.R. Penck. Despite his early death in 2007, he leaves behind a work that is immense both by its pictorial power and by the intensity of its engagement. The Maeght Foundation’s exhibition to him was a choice made together with Michael Werner and presents nearly �fty paintings from the years 1970 to 2007 as well as a dozen sculptures. A large part of the creations are dedicated to the last period of the artist’s life, rarely seen in France, and gives an opportunity to discover the sculptor.