11 November 2016–19 February 2017
Georg Baselitz’ dramatic and paradoxical ‘Hero’ paintings, created in the 1960s, are presented in a solo exhibition featuring over 70 works.
‘The Heroes’ features paintings and works on paper, distinguished by their aggressively and defiantly painted monumental figures.
The series was prompted by Baselitz’s scholarship in Florence in 1965, where he became interested in Italian Mannerist prints. The artist depicted his figures located within mythical, ruined landscapes. Each subject bears 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 has toured from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and travels to Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome and the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao later in 2017.
'Georg Baselitz: The Heroes’
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Georg Baselitz 'A New Type' 1965
Gouache, ink wash and crayon on paper, 48,7 x 31,7 cm
© Georg Baselitz 2016 Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin