Anne Imhof

  • Born 1978 in Gießen, Germany.
  • Based in Berlin, Germany, and New York, USA.

Anne Imhof has emerged over the past decade as one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation. Today based between Berlin and New York, Imhof spent her formative years in Frankfurt am Main, where she taught herself to draw and make music while working as a bouncer at a local night club. Before eventually enrolling at the city’s academy of fine arts, Städelschule, she staged what she later designated the first entry to her catalogue raisonné: a one-night only performance in a red light district bar. She invited two boxers to take part and recruited a band. The boxers were told that the fight should last for as long as the music was playing, while the band were instructed to play for as long as the boxers were fighting. Imhof explained: “It was all pretty red—the table dance bar and the noses. Looking back on it I realized that it had been one way to create a picture.”

  • Natures Mortes, 2021
  • Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • Cast: Eliza Douglas
  • Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski
  • Courtesy of the artist and Palais de Tokyo