New Wild Painters

German Neoexpressionism From The 1980's

30 April 2016 to 23 October 2016

New Wild Painters will present an extensive overview of the figurative painting that blossomed at the beginning of the 1980s in what was at that time still West Germany. From 30 April, the Groninger Museum showcases this intense work in New Wild Painters. Sure to spark conversation, the exhibition focuses on the Neue Wilde groups of artists that were active in Cologne, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. This art was part of a broad, international trend whereby in many countries, young, ‘wild’ painters rebelled against the climate of the art world at the time. The paintings are often rough and aggressive and sometimes downright absurd, but almost always humorous and thought-provoking. 

New Wild Painters, featuring work by Hans Peter Adamski, Peter Angermann, Elvira Bach, Ina Barfuss, Peter Bömmels, Werner Büttner, Luciano Castelli, Walter Dahn, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Rainer Fetting, G.L. Gabriel, Georg Herold, Gerard Kever, Martin Kippenberger, Jan Knap, Milan Kunc, Helmut Middendorf, Christa Näher, Gerhard Naschberger, Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Salomé, Andreas Schulze, Bettina Semmer, Volker Tannert, Thomas Wachweger and Bernd Zimmer, is on view from 30 April through 23 October 2016.

New Wild Painters is sponsored by Beringer Hazewinkel and Bos&Bos Catering.  

  • Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Ohne titel/zonder titel, Archiv Paul Maenz, Berlin.
  • Walter Dahn, Geburt der Muelheimer Freiheit 1981, collection Paul Maenz, Berlin

New Wild Painters

 Neo-expressionism rocked the art world as rudely and violently as punk had pop music a few years before. In the 1960s and 1970s, art had been dominated by abstract and conceptual tendencies. Almost no one expected figurative, expressionist painting to come back with such force. But it did, in several countries at once, and nowhere on such a wide scale as in West Germany. Young artists formed groups and made raw, provocative, humorous paintings, often in response to each other. Many felt liberated by the rediscovery of the possibilities of figurative painting, and it shows in their often enormous canvases. 

Video 'Wilden Nieuwe Wilden' (with English subtitles)