LIDL Akademie, Staatliche Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf
Students who realigned themselves with the anti-institutional activities of Professor Joseph Beuys at the Staatliche Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf organized actions for critical and open learning by holding classes for the public, which had nothing to do with the faculty and official curriculum of the school. Immediately responding to this climate, LIDL Akademie led by Jörg Immen¬dorff and Chris Reinecke also sought to experiment alter¬na¬tive means of sharing knowl¬edge. Planting a LIDL flag on top of the school building, they transformed the school into a temporary hostel and created a space where students, teachers, researchers, and other interested participants gathered to talk about art education and the institution. As shown in this photograph taken by Manfred Leve on May 7th, 1969, hand-written posters were not only a notice board about events but also a graffiti work expressing diverse opinions about the relationship between art and politics. The LIDL Akademie was put to an end by the police, with the entire Kunstakademie temporarily shut down.
black & white photograph
Jörg Immendorff, Chris Reinecke (artist)