Georg Baselitz

  • 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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    September 25, 2016 - January 17, 2017
    Kunstverein Reutlingen
    Eberhardstr. 14
    72764 Reutlingen, Germany

    Opening: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 11 a.m.

     The joint exhibition of Georg Baselitz (* 1938) and Albert Oehlen (* 1954) is an absolute premiere.

    However, it is not just a mere encounter of two internationally most renown and most influential painters. In fact, Georg Baselitz and Albert Oehlen have decided with as much delight as boldness to have an immediate dialogue instead. And now they are both presenting works of their latest series.

    On view are 12 large-scale paintings, mostly created for the Kunstverein, six by Georg Baselitz and six by Albert Oehlen. Whereby, the exhibition offers the unique opportunity to experience the visual exchange between two artistic personalities and to participate in their cross-generational contest, examination, and unrelenting renewal of painting.

    The catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes an extensive and intimate conversation in which Georg Baselitz and Albert Oehlen discuss their beginnings, freedom and solitude, the possibility of painting amidst past and present as well as their individual positions and unexpected similarities.

     »When I saw your new paintings for the first time, I thought, ›oh, my‹, what is that now? All your models, your handwriting is in there and that is essential. One clearly sees what defines you, no matter what you were up to throughout the years, there are certain formulations and forms you are recognised by.«

    Georg Baselitz

    »There is a direct relation between the ›turnaround‹ and your recent paintings, the super simple approach towards abstraction. Thus, in a painting, what does meaning ›mean‹? How much meaning do you accept? How much do you want to read in what is represented or how much do you want to avoid? And I believe this brings us together now.«

    Albert Oehlen





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  • Experiment and Renewal
    September 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016
    Gudenåvej 7-9, DK 8600 Silkeborg

    Museum Jorn will be presenting about 70 paintings by the German-Austrian painter and sculptor Georg Baselitz (b.1938). With particular focus on the artist’s latest painting experiments, the exhibition will feature a number of monumental pictures never before shown in public. Besides paintings from 1986 until today, a small selection of new sculptures will be on display.

    Georg Baselitz is one of the most internationally renowned and influential artists. Already in the 1960s, he made an important contribution to the new understanding of painting with his provocative political pictorial themes and upside-down motifs. Through his radical-expressive style and restless questioning of aesthetic conventions, Baselitz has won accolades from numerous exhibition venues the world over, including the Documenta exhibitions in Kassel in 1972 and 1982 as well as the biennials held in São Paulo in 1975, Venice in 1980, and Beijing in 2003. The Guggenheim in New York and The Royal Academy of Arts in London have honoured Baselitz with retrospective solo exhibitions and, recently, Georg Baselitz was honoured with a special work presentation at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

    The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.


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  • Die Helden
    June 30, 2016 - October 23, 2016
    Das Städel Museum - Kunstmuseum in Frankfurt
    Schaumainkai 63
    60596 Frankfurt am Main GERMANY

    Georg Baselitz is without question one of the most influential painters and sculptors of our time. In 1965/66, in a virtually explosive spurt of productivity, he developed his dramatic and paradoxical Hero paintings. The forceful workgroup of the Heroes and New Types is today regarded worldwide as a key example of the German art of the 1960s. In the summer of 2016, in a monographic exhibition curated by Städel director Max Hollein, it will be comprehensively presented for the first time. Some seventy paintings and works on paper will be on view, distinguished by aggressively and defiantly painted monumental figures that have lost nothing of their ambiguous, portentous and vulnerable quality to this day.

    The travelling exhibition’s subsequent venues will be the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao.

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    July 16, 2015 - October 1, 2015
    Marble Palace, Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

    The Russian Museum in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, dedicates a solo exhibition to Georg Baselitz opening on 16 July 2015 at the Marble Palace. Georg Baselitz. How It Began…Paintings and graphical works of the last twenty years presents a selection of his paintings, drawings, watercolours of the last two decades. The major part of the works belongs to the collection of the Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria) which made it possible for the Russian Museum to show the artist's works to the citizens of Saint-Petersburg.

    For further details about the exhibition please visit the museum´s official homepage here.

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  • Inbetween Baselitz - McCarthy
    June 21, 2015 - October 5, 2015
    George Economou Collection Space, Athens, Greece

    With Inbetween Baselitz - McCarthy the George Economou Collection Space in Athens, Greece, brings together "two exceptional artists in an exciting dialog with one another, two artists who could hardly be any more different. By focusing on the juxtaposition of several exemplary works in the exhibition, surprising parallels reveal themselves, not in terms of their artistic approach, but in how they work with similar issues." – Co-curator Carla Schulz-Hoffmann.

    Inbetween presents a historical and cultural crossover rendered in this context by the two monumental artists, Georg Baselitz and Paul McCarthy. A radical debut pairing, it is likewise a first critical approach to link two living artists reacting to their unique and adverse post war conditions in Germany and America through to present day. The rigorous work reveals parallels in subject, form, psychological preoccupations and the extreme rejection of the establishment in their respective worlds.

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