An Introduction to the Work of Georg Baselitz (5/8)

This is the fifth 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).

In the fifth part of this introduction, curator Martin Schwander talks about Baselitz’s painting “Der Brückechor” (The Brücke Chorus) from 1983, that not only depicts three of the most important artists of the famous artist group “Brücke” (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel) and Edvard Munch, but also contains a great many elements that are typical for Baselitz.

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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