Junge Wilde

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The term Junge Wilde (German for "wild youth") 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 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 (New-Image-Painting) and France (Figuration Libre). The Junge Wilde painted their expressive paintings in bright, intense colors and with quick, broad brushstrokes. 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). Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Karacs, Imre (1 October 1998). "Defeat leaves Kohl's party in disarray". The Independent  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  4. ^ ""Junge Wilde" geben Gas". Deutscher BundeswehrVerband. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Schicketanz, Sabine. "Junge Wilde". Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichten. Retrieved 30 October 2012.