Junge Wilde

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The term Junge Wilde (German for "young wild ones") was originally applied to trends within the art world,[1] and was only later used with reference to politics. At present, the term is used by German-language journalists to describe any group within a tradition that seeks to undermine established authority.[citation needed]

Artistic movement[edit]

In 1978, the Junge Wilde painting style arose in the German-speaking world in opposition to established avant garde, minimal art and conceptual art. It was linked to the similar Transavantguardia movement in Italy, USA (neo-expressionism) and France (Figuration Libre). The Junge Wilde painted their expressive paintings in bright, intense colors and with quick, broad brushstrokes very much influenced by Professor at the Academy of Art in Berlin, Karl Horst Hödicke (b:1938). They were sometimes called the Neue Wilde (de:Neue Wilde).

Influential artists[edit]

Later usage[edit]

The term Junge Wilde began to be used by the media in the 1990s with reference to a certain group of politicians who bucked party leadership to make their names. It was first used with reference to the German CDU party (particularly against Helmut Kohl).[2][3]

Since then the term has also been applied to members of other parties.[4][5]


  1. ^ Fraser & Hoffmann; Catherine C. Fraser; Dierk O. Hoffmann (2006). Pop culture Germany!: media, arts, and lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. p. 314. ISBN 1-85109-738-4.
  2. ^ Karacs, Imre (26 January 1998). "Kohl Backs Critic in Key State Vote". International Herald Tribune  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  3. ^ Karacs, Imre (1 October 1998). "Defeat leaves Kohl's party in disarray". The Independent  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ ""Junge Wilde" geben Gas". Deutscher BundeswehrVerband. Archived from the original on 17 December 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  5. ^ Schicketanz, Sabine. "Junge Wilde". Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichten. Retrieved 30 October 2012.