Georg Baselitz Descente
2 April – 1 July 2017
Thaddaeus Ropac presented an exhibition of new works by German artist Georg Baselitz in the Paris Pantin space. Titled Descente (Downwards), it brought together new paintings and works on paper.
In this new exhibition Baselitz showed different groups of works: a series, which directly referred to Marcel Duchamp’s iconic painting Nude Descending a Staircase (1912), abstract-like portraits of painter Ferdinand von Rayski from Dresden, works that reference Otto Dix’s painting Die Eltern des Künstlers (The Artist's Parents) (1924), sensitive yet unyielding portraits of his wife Elke as well as works that revisited his own painting Die Großen Freunde (The Great Friends) (1965). The works echoed each other, offering an impressive insight into the intimate settings that became characteristic of his practice in the last years.