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The painter, sculptor and musician Markus Oehlen (b. 1956) belongs to the influential generation of artists in Germany who had their breakthrough in the early 1980s under the name ”Die Neue Wilden”. Along with among others his brother Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen was part of the Hamburg fraction of the neo-Expressionist movement of young painters who, in opposition to the dominant avant-garde movements of the time, minimalism and conceptual art – which had with great self-assurance proclaimed that painting was dead – took up arms with a decidedly expressive formal language dominated by intense colours and quick, ’wild’ brushstrokes. The inspiration came from among other sources foreign cultures and older visual art, in particular German Expressionism and the French Fauvism of the earlier 1900s, given new life by the punk culture’s informal codes. Markus Oehlen and ”Die Neue Wilden” inspired what we know in the Danish context as ”De Unge Vilde”.

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