4 March–18 June 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 Moderna Museet, Stocklhom. It will be on view at the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao later in 2017.
‘Georg Baselitz: The Heroes’
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194
+39 06 39967500
Tuesday–Thursday & Sunday: 10am–8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am–10pm
Georg Baselitz ‘The Shepherd’ (1965)
Oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna, loan of the Österreichische Ludwig-Stiftung, since 1993
© Georg Baselitz Photo: Frank Oleski, Köln