The Junge Wilde is one of the most relevant artist groups of the past decades. In the early 1980s, a wild, life-affirming style of painting emerged in Germany as a countermovement to conceptual art and minimalism. Artists created colorful, expressive, mostly large-format paintings with broad and dynamic brushstrokes. The protagonists included Rainer Fetting, Bernd Koberling, Helmut Middendorf, Bernd Zimmer, and Elvira Bach. Almost all of them studied with Karl Horst Hödicke. They painted their environment and political events, their studios and the city. They captured the dynamism of the world and the speed of current events, while the world became faster and faster and sex more and more free.
Painting by the Junge Wilde is currently experiencing a renaissance on the art market because it is now part of the canon of art history.