On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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Coincidence and illumination

Wednesday 19 September, 2007

Cologne Cathedral looks back at a long and eventful history. The inauguration of Gerhard Richter's stained glass window for the South Transept adds a new chapter, bright with 72-colour, frame-breaking abstraction. By Petra Kipphoff
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Wurm holes everywhere

Wednesday 11 April 2007

Dada is back. Erwin Wurm is the great grandson of the Surrealists. The hilarity and hidden meanings of his stagings and sculptures unsettle and get under your skin. To coincide with a major retrospective in Hamburg's Deichtorhallen, Werner Spies visited the artist in his studio in Vienna.
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You photograph what you love

Thursday 22 February, 2007

With an exhibition opening in Hanover, photographer Wolfgang Tillmans talks to Dirk Peitz about the digital revolution, the futile search for absolute truth and his private newspaper archive.
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The triumph of Eerke, Juerke and Veeke

Tuesday 5 December, 2006

German painter Tomma Abts left for London twelve years ago. Her quiet, geometric paintings with Frisian names have just won her the Turner Prize. Morgan Falconer talked to her on the eve of award ceremony.
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The artist and his doctor

Monday 4 December, 2006

A deadly brain disease connects painter Jörg Immendorff and neurologist Thomas Meyer. One has ALS, the other is working on a cure. By Jan Brandt (Image: Jörg Immendorff, "Solo". Courtesy The Saatchi Gallery)

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Back to barbarism

Thursday 19 October, 2006

It is no wonder that Caravaggio is being rediscovered. Not because he shows us what we have become, but rather what we have lost. On the occasion of a major show in Dusseldorf, Georg Seeßlen pays tribute to the inventor of modern art.
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"The monumental is my sickness"

Thursday 3 August, 2006

For years, Andre Müller has been widely recognised as one of Germany's most intrepid, and most dreaded, interviewers. In 1979 he met and interviewed Arno Breker, who became infamous in the Nazi era as Hitler's favourite sculptor. We have translated the text in full. (Image: Arno Breker: Bereitschaft (Readiness), 1939. Courtesy Breker Archiv Düsseldorf)
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Hitler's favourite sculptor

Tuesday 25 July, 2006

Until today, all attempts to show the works of Arno Breker, Hitler's favourite sculptor, have failed miserably. The potential for failure is again great at the first major solo exhibition of Breker's works since World War II. The show relies on loans from Breker's apologists, and access to the archives was limited. By Stefan Koldehoff
See also Andre Müller's interview with Arno Breker from 1979.
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And then it went boom

Thursday 8 June, 2006

The neo-Expressionist painters known as the "Neuen Wilden" were once what the artists of the Leipzig School are today: international stars, celebrated by the press, courted by collectors. Twenty-five years after the pinnacle of their success, they are now fighting for a place in art history. Cornelius Tittel paid them a visit. (Image: Rainer Fetting, "Self Portrait", 1999)
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Photoshop realism: life at a distance

Tuesday 29 November, 2005

Eberhard Havekost is being hyped as one of the hot "Young German Artists". His subjects are banal, he copies copies, he's interested in surfaces. Art critic Elke Buhr ventures to ask if there's any depth.
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The art of the ape

Friday 30 September, 2005

Like no other painter of his generation, the terminally ill artist Jörg Immendorff took up things German in his work. In a new exhibition in Berlin he has dramatised his life's work like a brilliant play. By Hanno Rauterberg
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A new dimension in painting

Tuesday 27 August, 2005

Artists have long attempted to transcend the surface of the painting. Michael Burges has dissolved it entirely – in his new series of paintings called "Virtual Space". By Gerhard Charles Rump
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High precision industrial age souvenirs

Friday 2 September, 2005

Bernd and Hilla Becher travelled the world for 50 years photographing industrial buildings. On the eve of their retrospective in Berlin they talked to Cornelius Tittel about how they saved an era from being forgotten forever and set in motion the German photography boom. (Editor's note: Bernd Becher passed away on 22 June 2007 in Rostock. We put this interview, published in September 2005, once more onto our homepage in his remembrance.)

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"Ceci n'est pas le vide"

Thursday 9 June, 2005

An encounter with the artist of transience Tino Sehgal who, together with painter Thomas Scheibitz, will represent Germany at the Venice Biennale which opens to the public on June 12. By Sebastian Frenzel
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The only thing I can really paint well is anger

Friday 8 April, 2005

Bernhard Heisig is a controversial figure in the German art world, having served in the SS and painted state portraits of both East and West German leaders. As a professor at the Leipzig Art School he taught the younger generation of painters now enjoying the international limelight such as Neo Rauch, Tim Eitel and Tilo Baumgärtel. The Leipzig Musem of Fine Art is currently showing a large retrospective of Heisig's work "Die Wut der Bilder".
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