The German Image 1960-1988
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK
February 11 – April 23, 1989
This was the first exhibition Thomas Krens organised and curated as the newly appointed Director of the Guggenheim Museum. Co-curators were Michael Govan and Joseph Thomson who later became successful museum directors themselves. It was the first show which Lufthansa sponsored at the Guggenheim and many of the 41 artists included attended the opening. Heinz Ruhnau, CEO of Lufthansa spoke at the opening.
The New York Times wrote:
“It is a very ambitious show. It raises the complex issue of the human figure in postwar German painting. It places in some kind of artis- tic context such familiar figures as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lupertz, A. R. Penck, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter – the artists around whom the show is built.
Mr. Krens’s catalogue essay, ‘German Painting: Paradox and Paradigm in Late Twentieth-Century Art’, suggests a curatorial style. In bloodless, academic language, the new director demon- strates his willingness to plunge into the turbulent waters of critical theory. He suggests that his regime will take on difficult theoretical issues, demand clear, no-nonsense thinking and not back down from anyone.”