This is the first film in an 8-part series that introduces the work of the German artist Georg Baselitz (in German language with English subtitles). The series was recorded on the occasion of the exhibition “Baselitz” at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel, Switzerland, 21.1.-29.4.2018).
Under the title “Six Decades”, the exhibition is now on view at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. (USA) as the first major US retrospective of Baselitz’ oeuvre in more than twenty years (until 16 September 2018). “Six Decades” is curated by Hirshhorn chief curator Stéphane Aquin and the Beyeler curator at large Martin Schwander. The Hirshhorn hosted Baselitz’s first-ever career retrospective in 1996.
In the first part of this introduction, Martin Schwander specifically talks about two artworks in the exhibition: “Win. D.” from 1959 and the series “P. D. Füsse” (P. D. Feet) from 1960-63. “Win. D.” is a portrait of his poet friend Winfried Dierske and Baselitz’ first picture according to his authorized biography. In “P. D. Füsse”, Baselitz explores the deformed human body.
Recorded at Fondation Beyeler, 13 February 2018.
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