Werner Büttner in The 80s: Figurative Painting in West Germany, Städel Museum, Frankfurt

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Ninety paintings by twenty-seven artists make up the Städel Museum’s comprehensive exhibition on the figurative painting that emerged in West Germany around 1980 in the Berlin “Galerie am Moritzplatz”, the studio community “Mülheimer Freiheit” in Cologne, in Düsseldorf and in Hamburg and rapidly attained international recognition. With very different motivations, paintings were produced that sought to examine the painting tradition, the post-war avant-gardes and the artists’ own immediate present to equal degrees: masterfully executed “Bad Painting” encountered classical genre painting or staged dilettantism. Ambiguous, erratic, deliberately disconcerting compositions and structures of meaning became the common denominator within a heterogeneous pictorial production.

22 July – 18 October 2015

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Ninety paintings by twenty-seven artists make up the Städel Museum’s comprehensive exhibition on the figurative painting that emerged in West Germany around 1980 in the Berlin “Galerie am Moritzplatz”, the studio community “Mülheimer Freiheit” in Cologne, in Düsseldorf and in Hamburg and rapidly attained international recognition. With very different motivations, paintings were produced that sought to examine the painting tradition, the post-war avant-gardes and the artists’ own immediate present to equal degrees: masterfully executed “Bad Painting” encountered classical genre painting or staged dilettantism. Ambiguous, erratic, deliberately disconcerting compositions and structures of meaning became the common denominator within a heterogeneous pictorial production.

22 July – 18 October 2015

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