Lot 38
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction | 14 October 2020
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Jiri Georg Dokoupil (1954)

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signed with initials and dated 'J.G.D. '82' (lower left)

acrylic on canvas, in two parts, unframed, each 200x150 cm (overall 200x300 cm)

Provenance: Property from the Boekel De Nerée Art Collection, acquired in 1995 from Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam.

Jiri Georg Dokoupil is one of the protagonists of the German art movement ‘Neue Wilde’ also known as ‘Junge Wilde’ (Young Wild Ones). Similar to other neo-expressionist movements of the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as, for example, Figuration Libre in France (see lots 28-32), the Neue Wilde sought a new way of expression as opposed to minimalism and conceptualism. Dokoupil would later describe his motivation as following: “Whether in New York or Cologne, there was nothing sadder than the gallery openings in the late 70s. They were one of the reasons why I became an artist (…) I’d go into a gallery and there would be nothing to see - and very expensive – that just couldn’t be it. Should I have done more invisible exhibitions? What we were doing in this situation was analogous to punk; they couldn’t play three notes; we couldn’t paint. But the energy was there, and it led the way back to painting. I couldn’t paint at all, and representational even less. But you can learn it quickly if you start by making rough pictures with broad brush strokes.” (Dokoupil in an interview with 32C magazine, 22 August 2012) Born in 1954 in Czechoslovakia, Dokoupil fled with his family after the Prague Spring to Cologne, where he later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Together with five fellow artists, including Walter Dahn, he founded the group ‘Mühlheimer Freiheit’. In their shared studio in Cologne, on a street named Mülheimer Freiheit, the young painters sought a new expressive way to return to figurative painting. In 1980 the group had their first show at Gallery Paul Maenz in Cologne, promptly followed by international exhibitions including the Netherlands. In 1981 Frans Haks invited the group to exhibit at the Groninger Museum in Groningen, and in 1982 Dokoupil and Dahn exhibited in Rotterdam at Galerie ‘t Venster, as well as at Galerie Swart and Galerie Helen van der Meij in Amsterdam. In 1982 Dokoupil also held his first solo exhibition at Gallery Paul Maenz in Cologne and participated at the documenta in Kassel, the Biennale in Venice, and the exhibition Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. During the following years Dokoupil participated almost every year in one or several exhibitions in the Netherlands. He was invited to New York to exhibit at Leo Castelli Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, and Ileana Sonnabend Gallery amongst others, and has exhibited nation-wide and internationally ever since. Dokoupil refuses to adapt his art to a specific style, subject or technique. From the late 1980’s onwards Dokoupil replaces the paint brush with other implements, sometimes also replacing the paint with liquids such as fruit juices or even breast milk. He has experimented with colour-dyed tires that he rolled across a wet canvas, or painted with whips, blackened canvasses with candles and infused soap with pigments to create soap bubbles that burst onto the canvas and leave colourful imprints. All his technical experiments and innovations particularly his soap bubble paintings and soot paintings have contributed to his popularity. His adaptability earned Dokoupil also the nickname ‘the sphinx’. The present lot was painted in 1982, when Dokoupil was a rising protagonist of the neo-expressionist art movement. With its flippancy, bold brushstrokes, and expressive colours on a large scale, it is a perfect example of the dynamics of the Neue Wilde.

Voor deze kunstenaar is volgrecht van toepassing.

€ 18.000,00
€ 22.000,00
€ 26.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 26.000

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