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1960's German Avant-Garde

Erste Hilfe. No. 1 (February 1970) (all published).

Cologne: Buero Olympia/Lidl Sport, 1970. Quarto (29.5 x 21 cm). Original illustrated wrappers; unpaginated (40 pp.), profusely illustrated throughout. Overall very good condition.

The first and only issue of the magazine which dealt with the actions of the LIDL group during the 1970 German contemporary art exhibition, "Jetzt: Künste in Deutschland heute." According to articles about one of its members, German Neo-Expressionist painter and sculptor Jörg Immendorff, "LIDL ridiculed elitist art traditions, the cult of creative 'genius', and the precious aesthetic object. The artist countered these hierarchies by assembling a body of pretentious iconograpic motifs drawn from the make-believe world of the child - turtles, dogs, goldfish, playhouses, and polar bears - which he transformed into the 'working material' of what he hoped would be a new functional art form." (Pamela Kort, 1991) DADA-like in theory, LIDL never became an established group but consisted of a variety of artists, including James Lee Byars, Marcel Broodthaers, Nam June Paik, and Joseph Beuys.

The actions of the LIDL group during this exhibition got them banned from the city of Cologne. This journal issue consists in large part of letters sent to Immendorf by Dr. Hackenberg from the city's cultural department. In one letter he writes, "You will have to look for a sphere of activity outside Cologne for your infantile jokes." Other contributors to this issue include Vostell, Reinecke, Heubach, and others.

Scarce; as of May 2023, OCLC locates only a single holding in a North American library.

Book ID: 52704

Price: $650.00