until 03.03. | #1825ARTatBerlin | Contemporary Fine Arts presents from 23th January 2018 the exhibition HOMMAGE À GEORG BASELITZ with artworks by the eponymous artist on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The exhibtion was directed Siegfried Gohr.
In Berlin, at that time still a divided city, everything began.
In 1963 Baselitz had a show at Galerie Werner & Katz. A scandal resulted; two paintings were confiscated for their allegedly lewd motifs.
Since then, Baselitz’s work has remained provocative. He painted “Heroes” that were not heroes, but rather those that found themselves again helpless in the no man’s land of the two Germanys after dictatorship and war.
He left Berlin, fragmented and destroyed the motifs until he could stand them on their heads. This process enabled him to return to landscape, the nude, and portraits after his personal nightmare of the sixties. Gradually his painting earned recognition in museums and with collectors. In 1975 his new home became Derneburg near Hildesheim. After years of intensive graphic production, crowned by the large linocuts, Baselitz created his first wooden sculpture for the German Pavilion in Venice in 1980. New misunderstandings brought anxiety and ideological insinuations. Nevertheless, Baselitz amplified the power of his art by consciously inserting aggression and ugliness to correct and outdo the then-fashionable “Wilde.”
His breakthrough came with international exhibitions in the USA, France, UK, and Switzerland. Since then, each series of work bears reference to Baselitz’s first 20 years of artistic production, set up like concentric circles around the essence of his practice. With the Remix series in 2005 Baselitz discovered a fruitful method to revisit earlier work, stripping it of old vices. Through today his work is infused by presence of mind, virtuosity, a plenitude of associations, mastery, and skill. This exhibition brings together selected examples of Baselitz’s accomplishments from 1963 to the present.
This homage, on the occasion of Baselitz’s 80th birthday, celebrates an artist that constantly reinvents himself, mirrored by his continuous significance in the contemporary art scene.
Our warmest thanks go to the Berlinische Galerie, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the private collections, and the galleries for their cooperation and exquisite loans.
Exhibition period: Tuesday, 23rd January to Saturday, 03rd March 2018Zu Contemporary Fine Arts
Image caption: Georg Baselitz, Das Blumenmädchen, 1965, Öl auf Leinwand / Oil on Canvas, 140 x 120,50 cm, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Exhibition Hommage à Georg Baselitz – Contemporary Fine Arts | Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin