Bringing together iconic works by both teacher and student.

Jorg Immendorff joined the Düsseldorf Academy of Art in 1963 as a theatre design student but changed course so he could study under Joseph Beuys - an established figure of the post-war avant-garde.

Beuys was a divisive character; his radical performance pieces and sculpture in felt and animal fat divided had gained him both a devoted following and vehement opposition. Immendorff meanwhile had been heavily involved in international protest movements, such as the anti-Vietnam war rallies and the debate over the division of Germany.

From their first meeting the two were highly engaged with one another's work. They shared a common interest in contemporary politics and social issues, and a belief that art had the potential to change how people think and live. The 50 works on display - all produced after 1968 - reveal the lifelong artistic dialogue between the pair.

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