Georg Baselitz

  • Gallery Talk: A Conversation on Georg Baselitz
    November 30, 2019 - November 30, 2019
    Paris Pantin

    Saturday 30 November, 4pm

    The conversation between Philippe Dagen, historian and art critic, and Frédérique Goerig-Hergott, Chief Curator at the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, will take place in Georg Baselitz's exhibition Time at our Pantin gallery. In these new paintings and drawings, he pays artistic tribute to Elke, his wife of nearly sixty years and a constant source of inspiration in the evolution of his artistic practice. 

    Dagen and Goerig-Hergott (curator of Corpus Baselitz at the Unterlinden Museum in 2018) will discuss Baselitz's recent work as an intimate meditation on old age, in relation to the meaning of love and the function of portraiture. They will broaden the scope of the conversation by situating the importance of Baselitz's work both today and within the context of 20th and 21st century art history. As Goerig-Hergott describes, ‘Ever since the Avignon series which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015, the paintings of this new cycle, based on the observation of his own body and that of his wife Elke, refer to his old paintings, his memories and the great masters of art history. Through the repetition of the motifs created with the highest sense of urgency, Georg Baselitz reminds us that it is not a question of continuing his life, but of constantly starting it over.’

    In Heinz Peter Schwerfel's documentary film Baselitz 2017, which will be screened before the discussion, Baselitz explores the importance of his recent work, which is increasingly focused on his personal universe, and the artist is presented with certain statements he made earlier in his career to describe what has changed, and what will never change.

    Free access upon availability. The conversation will take place in French.

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  • Baselitz- Academy
    May 8, 2019 - September 8, 2019
    Campo della Carità
    Dorsoduro 1050

    The first exhibition by a living artist to be presented by the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. Conceived specifically for the museum and curated by Professor Kosme de Barañano, the exhibition will highlight Georg Baselitz’s relationship with Italy and explore how Italian art has impacted the artist's work over the years. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings and sculptures from Baselitz's remarkable sixty-year career.

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    June 21, 2018 - September 16, 2018
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    Independence Ave and 7th St
    Washington DC, USA

    Baselitz: Six Decades is the first major US retrospective in more than twenty years of one of Germany’s greatest living artists, marking the artist’s 80th birthday. With more than 100 works highlighting every phase of Baselitz’s six-decade career from the 1950s to today, this milestone exhibition features work never before seen in the U.S. and cements Baselitz’s reputation as one of the most original and inventive figurative artists of his generation.

    For the first time, US audiences can experience the full scope of Baselitz’s powerful explorations of the human figure, as well as the influence of American artists on his early work and his continued impact on contemporary American painting and sculpture. Baselitz’s creative genius, combined with his message about the inherent strength of the everyday human condition, make this exhibition particularly compelling.

    Baselitz: Six Decades will span the Hirshhorn’s second floor galleries, and features iconic paintings, works on paper and wood and bronze sculptures from renowned private and public collections across Europe and North America.

    The exhibition traces the foundational impact of Baselitz’s career as he pushed the limits of painting and sculpture through lifelong artistic experimentation. Organized chronologically, it begins with paintings and works on paper from the late 1950s, when Baselitz was first influenced by the Art Informela postwar movement, which abandoned geometric abstraction in favor of a more intuitive form of expression—to which he contributed a unique figurative vocabulary.

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  • Corpus Baselitz
    June 10, 2018 - October 29, 2018
    Musée Unterlinden
    Place Unterlinden
    Colmar, France

    On the occasion of Georg Baselitz's 80th birthday, the Unterlinden Museum organizes an exhibition that brings together for the time in France a group of more than 70 works (paintings, drawings, sculptures) realized between 2014-2018, in which the artist questions his own body and its place in the history of art.


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    February 16, 2018 - February 16, 2018
    Fondation Beyeler
    Baselstrasse 101
    Riehen/Basel, Switzerland

    On the occasion of his anniversary exhibtion, Georg Baselitz will be in conversation with Martin Schwander, Curator at Large.

    16 February 2018, 6:30pm

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  • January 21, 2018 - April 29, 2018
    Baselstrasse 101
    Riehen/Basel, SWITZERLAND

    To mark Georg Baselitz' eightieth birthday, the Fondation Beyeler will be showing an extensive selection of his work as a painter, sculptor and printmaker. The exhibition, organized in close cooperation with the artist, takes the form of a focused retrospective, bringing together many of the most important paintings and sculptures created by Baselitz over the past six decades. These powerful and exciting works, from every phase of the artist's career, reveal the astonishing range of his creative imagination.

    The exhibition has been organized in cooperation with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, where it will be shown subsequently in a modified form. In parallel with the presentation at the Fondation Beyeler, the Kunstmuseum Basel will be exhibiting a selection of Baselitz's works on paper.

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  • Hero
    July 14, 2017 - July 22, 2017
    Guggenheim Bilbao
    Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
    Bilbao, Spain

    Today, the forceful workgroup of the Heroes and New Types is universally regarded as a key example of German art from the 1960s. This monographic exhibition, organized by the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, will be the first comprehensive survey of the keys to this series, whose aggressively, defiantly painted monumental figures have lost nothing of their ambiguous, portentous, vulnerable quality. However, Baselitz was concerned here with far more than general social issues—he was also reflecting on his own position in relation to society.

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    April 1, 2017 - July 2, 2017
    Hungarian National Gallery
    Szent György tér 2.
    1014 Budapest, Hungary

    The exhibition titled Preview with Review will display the early works from the 1960s alongside many masterpieces from Remix, a series started in 2005. The Budapest exhibition is made special by the fact that it is the first large-scale show not only in Hungary but in all Central Eastern Europe that presents Baselitz’s art comprehensively. Staged by the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute in Budapest, the show will comprise more than eighty works selected from international and Hungarian public and private collections, while eight lesser-known large-format paintings and a sculpture will arrive directly from the artist’s studio.


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  • The Heroes
    November 11, 2016 - February 19, 2017
    Exercisplan 4
    Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

    This exhibition focuses on two controversial series of works, Heroes and New Types, which Georg Baselitz created in 1965–66, in his early career. 

    Georg Baselitz is regarded as one of Europe’s most prominent and influential artists. The subject matter in the series Heroes was a provocative reminder of German history, in an era when the nation was rejoicing in “the German economic wonder”. The art scene, which was dominated by the shiny surfaces of pop and cool minimalist abstraction, also spurned his works as out of touch with the times. They offered no optimistic outlook. On the contrary, they seemed to sceptically highlight failure. Despite the aggressiveness of the vivid brushwork, the intense colours, and the frontal compositions with thick outlines, the figures seem to convey resignation and vulnerability


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    September 30, 2016 - January 29, 2017
    MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst
    Innenhafen (Inner Harbour)
    Philosophenweg 55
    D - 47051 Duisburg, Germany

    In a joint exhibition the MKM is featuring the works of two highly influential artists: Georg Baselitz, the internationally acclaimed German painter and sculptor, and Emilio Vedova, one of the leading exponents of the European Informel style. The two shared an intensive, deeply personal relationship and a mutual admiration tracing back to the 1960s, which endured until Vedova's death in 2006. At the Venice Biennial in the following year, both artists were exhibited jointly for the first time.

    The show in the MKM seeks to engage Vedova's late paintings from the 1980s in dialogue with a series of works by Baselitz from the year 2015. Its primary focus is the exploration of some crucial issues confronting painting, in particular the significance of the centre of the canvas. Works by Baselitz spanning the 1960s to the 1980s are also on view in the MKM's permanent collection.

    The exhibition Baselitz - Vedova is being staged in cooperation with the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova. Curators are Fabrizio Gazzarri and Walter Smerling. 


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