Imi Giese (1942 – 1974)
Imi Giese studied together with Imi Knoebel at the Werkkunstschule Darmstadt. In 1964, the two artists, whose first names were respectively Rainer and Klaus Wolf, started using their pseudonyms Imi and Imi. From 1966 to 1969 they moved into the legendary Room 19 of the Beuys class at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where their mutual Imi identity developed through mutual artistic exchange. Together with Blinky Palermo and Katharina Sieverding, they took a minimalist and conceptual position that in many respects ran counter to the aesthetics of their professor Joseph Beuys, but corresponding to the international representations of minimal art.