Immendorff's renewed application to painting coincided with his first meeting with A. R. Penck in East Berlin in 1976. They wrote a brief manifesto on working collaboratively and met again in 1977, when they decided to organize joint artistic activities and exhibitions. It was at this time that Immendorff began his Café Deutschland series, using the image of a bar interior as a metaphor for the clash of ideologies between East and West. Having previously explored his political involvement and social commitment through a didactic iconography in a form suggestive of political posters, he began in his new paintings to represent figures in powerfully staged symbolic compositions. The symbolic iconography and condensed corporeality of his pictorial language also found form in painted sculptures carved in wood or cast in bronze. After working as a visiting lecturer at the Kunsthochschule in Hamburg (1982–3) and the Werkkunstschule in Cologne (1984–5), in 1989 Immendorff was appointed professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
Jörg Immendorff: Café Deutschland (exh. cat., text D. Koepplin; Basle, Kstmus., 1979)
Jörg Immendorff (exh. cat., ed. W. Bojescul; Brunswick, Kstver., 1985)
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