An Introduction to the Work of Georg Baselitz (4/8)

This is the fourth 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).

1965 Baselitz spent half a year in Florence, Italy, as scholarship holder at Villa Romana. During that time he created the painting “Der Narr von San Bonifacio – od. Ludwig Richter auf dem Weg zur Arbeit” (The Fool of San Bonifacio – or Ludwig Richter on His Way to Work), 1965. Martin Schwander also talks about another work, a painting that’s in the Beyeler Collection: “Verschiedene Zeichen” (Various Signs), 1965.

Recorded at Fondation Beyeler, 13 February 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.

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