Electric Painting—Singender Panzer
Jörg Immendorff ( German, 1945 - 2007 )
One of the most revered artists of post-war Germany, Jörg Immendorff's paintings confront the legacy of Nazism and the societal divisions afflicting his home country during the Cold War. The title of this painting translates as "Singing Armor," but also bears the name of the German tanks used during World War II. Paintings lining the corridor walls are inscribed with lyrics from Nazi marching songs. Depicted are Immendorff and A.R. Penck, a friend and fellow artist, holding staffs topped by Nazi symbols. An electric current, charging the poles, takes a ghoulish form in the center of the canvas. Painted fourty years after Germany's surrender to the Allies, it is apparent in this nightmarish scene that German artists were still haunted by their country's history.
Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 96.