30 June—23 October 2016
Georg Baselitz’ dramatic and paradoxical ‘Hero’ paintings, created in the 1960s, will be shown in a solo exhibition for the first time.
‘The Heroes’ features 70 paintings and works on paper, distinguished by their aggressively and defiantly painted monumental figures.
The series of paintings were prompted by Baselitz’ scholarship in Florence in 1965, where he became interested in Italian Mannerist prints. Baselitz depicted his figures located within mythical, ruined landscapes, each with symbolic attributes to identify their individual characters, such as army boots, knapsacks or uniform jackets, often with exaggerated and exposed sexual organs. The lone figure as a prophet or saint also alludes to home coming soldiers stumbling, dazed, through battle-scarred Post-War Germany.
The exhibition will travel to Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome and the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao.
'Georg Baselitz: The Heroes'
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 10am–6 pm
Thursday & Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Georg Baselitz ‘The Shepherd’ (1966)
Oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
© Georg Baselitz 2016 Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin