In his Café Deutschland series Immendorff used a fictitious bar interior as a platform for examining the Third Reich, the division of Germany into East and West, and artistic identity. His paintings are densely packed with political iconography and feature a vast cast of political and artistic figures. In Café Deutschland he reveals his desire to bring politics into the home by depicting a carpet with the motif of the divided Germany. In Café Deutschland III—Partial Construction he refers to the rebuilding of East and West Germany after World War II.
Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22–July 27, 2009.