Georg Baselitz. The Heroes
07.14.2017 - 10.22.2017
George Baselitz (b. 1938) is without question one of the most influential painters and sculptors of our time. In 1965 and 1966, in a virtually explosive spurt of productivity, he developed his dramatic and paradoxical Hero paintings. 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.
Exhibition organized by the Städel Museum, Fráncfort del Meno, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Bonjour Monsieur Courbet, 1965
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
Thaddaeus Ropac Collection, Paris-Salzburg
Deutschbaselitz, Germany, 1938
Georg Baselitz’s original name was Hans Georg Kern. He was born in 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, a small village not far from Dresden. His father was a teacher at the village school. After the war ended in 1945, eastern Germany came under Soviet...Discover the artist