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IntroductionFor more than six decades, Georg Baselitz has shaped the international art scene, and remains one of the most important artists of the present. He is, alongside Gerhard Richter, one of the most famous German artists and painters of our time. Characteristic of his style are his expressive, large-format works – in which the painter produces pieces that are both figurative and abstract with an impressive painting technique.
In 1957, Baselitz left the Berlin Weissensee School of Art in East Berlin and moved to the West. At the time, the content of his images was viewed as obscene. Having fallen out of favor in the DDR, he went on to cause a stir in West Berlin. Baselitz achieved worldwide recognition in the mid-1970s with his “upside down” series of paintings. These works subverted visual conventions, bringing the tension between representation and abstraction into full bloom.
The influences of Georg Baselitz are diverse. His artistic role models include figures such as Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Giacometti, and the expressionists from the group of artists known as Die Brücke (The Bridge). The aesthetic of outsider art – as a student Baselitz followed Jean Dubuffet closely – is also unmistakable in his work. The painter often uses Christian iconography, and deals with religious themes.
His upbringing in post-World War II Germany is intrinsic to his artistic vision. In an interview granted to the American magazine Artforum, Baselitz referred to the Germany of his youth in the following terms: “I was born into a destroyed order, a destroyed landscape, a destroyed society. And I didn’t want to reestablish an order.” In its stead he would elaborate a distinctive artistic vision and pictorial style.
Over the course of his artistic career, Baselitz has continued to develop his oeuvre, and in doing so often includes references to his earlier pieces. In the series Remix, he re-interprets his own paintings – an act of artistic self-assertion and, at the same time, a reconsideration of perspective after the passing of time. His 2008 work “Geteilter Held (Remix)” is named after his oil painting from 1966 – yet he has taken a completely new approach to the subject. The limited edition on Washi paper is remarkable in its unique execution: Every page is hand colored, and the colors vary throughout the edition. Each print could almost be considered a one-off.
23 January 1938 Born Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz, Germany 1956-1957 Studied Painting at Berlin-Weissensee Arts Academy, East Berlin, Germany 1957-1963 Studied at the Berlin Arts Academy, Berlin, Germany 1977-1983 Professor at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany 1983-1988 Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany 1992-2003 Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany Lives and works in Salzburg, AustriaAwards
2009 Cologne Fine Art Award from the Federal Association of German Galleries and Editions 2009 Member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich 2008 B.Z. Culture Award, Berlin 2005 Austrian Decoration for Science and Art 2004 Honorary Professor at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy 2004 Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo 2003 Lower Saxony State Award, Hanover, Germany 2002 Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France 1999 Honorary Professorship at the Royal Academy of Arts, London 1992 Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France 1987 Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France 1986 Goslarer Kaiserring 1964 Villa Romana AwardCollections
MoMA, New York City, USA Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany Frieder Burda Collection, Baden-Baden, Germany Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany German National Collection of Contemporary Art, Bonn, Germany Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsExhibitions
2014 Georg Baselitz – Damals, Dazwischen und Heute, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany Georg Baselitz – Farewell Bill, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK 2013 Georg Baselitz – Remix, Albertina, Vienna, Austria 2012 Georg Baselitz, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 2011 Baselitz as Sculptor, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France 2009 Baselitz – 50 Jahre Malerei, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany Dr. Freud und Andere Musik, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany Georg Baselitz: 1960-2008, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic Georg Baselitz – Mrs Lenin and the Nightingale, White Cube – Hoxton Square, London, UK 2007 Georg Baselitz – Die Russenbilder, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany Georg Baselitz, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK 2006 Baselitz – Painter, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark 2004 Georg Baselitz – Bilder, die den Kopf verdrehen, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany 1999 Georg Baselitz – Nostalgie in Istanbul, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany 1996 Georg Baselitz, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany 1995 Georg Baselitz, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA 1991 Georg Baselitz: Malelade, MoMA, New York City, USA 1983 Georg Baselitz, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK
2014 How Soon Was Now – A Brief History of CFA, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany 2013 Give Me Five, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany 2012 Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Transfiguration, MoMA, New York City, USA 2009 Kunst und Kalter Krieg – Deutsche Positionen 1945-1989, German Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany Die Kunst ist Super! Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany 2008 UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980s, Tate Modern, London, UK Blood on Paper – The Art of the Book, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK 2007 Die aufregende Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, MoMA, New York City, USA La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 2006 Homage to Chillida, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain 2003 Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany Obsessive Malerei – Ein Rückblick auf die Neuen Wilden, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 2001 Von Rodin bis Baselitz – Der Torso in der Skulptur der Moderne, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany 2000 Zeitwenden, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Germany 1997 Deutschlandbilder, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany 1995 La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 1987 Berlinart 1961-1987, MoMA, New York City, USA 1982 documenta 7, Kassel, Germany 1980 La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 1977 documenta 6, Kassel, Germany 1972 documenta 5, Kassel, Germany