Jiri G. Dokoupill

Krnov, Czech Republic, 1954

In 1969, after the Prague Spring, he emigrates with his family to Cologne. Naturalized German, between 1976 and 1978 he studied art in Cologne, Frankfurt and New York. He was part of the group Mulheimer Freiheit with Adamski, Bömmels, Dahn, Kever and Naschberger, within the renovating movement of the so-called new German painting of the seventies. Dokoupil’s work, like that of the rest of the group, advocated the use of images and symbols of great expressionist violence, but with a conceptual intentionality. He was a professor in Düsseldorf, alternating his stay in Germany with periods in Madrid and Tenerife. His work is voluntarily diverse, without a defined style, combining almost all the languages of the avant-garde, from surrealism to abstraction, passing through realism, and investigating other non-conventional procedures, such as pyrography, smoke painting, or mother’s milk. In 1984 the Folkwang Museum organized a retrospective of his work, an exhibition that would travel to several German cities and Lyon. In Madrid in 1989 he directed a Workshop of Current Art at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, and the “La Caixa” Foundation presented a large individual exhibition of his work that same year. In 2001 an exhibition of his work was presented at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. VT & CB