Georg Baselitz: Ornamentale (Remix), 2005
ALBERTINA - Rheingold Collection
© Georg Baselitz
Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin.
Georg Baselitz: Remix
VIENNA • Albertina • Ongoing
|Georg Baselitz, born in 1938, is one of the most famous German contemporary painters. The collections of the Albertina contain around 120 paintings, watercolours, print graphics and drawings of the artist, which are being presented almost in their entirety on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The exhibit focuses on the last ten years, especially on the Remix group from 2005/06. In this extensive cycle, Georg Baselitz, in the 1960s a pioneer of neoexpressive, figurative painting, once again considers his early, long since legendary pictorial inventions, reinterprets and restages them. Familiar motifs such as the Helden (heroes) , Orangenesser (orange eaters) , Eltern (parents) or Bäume (trees) create a new context for the history of art of the 20th century, and especially for the continuing process of coming to terms with the post-war period in Germany, through their visual repetition or "appropriation". |
His early work is defined by an aggressive anti-posture, which resulted in paintings like Die große Nacht im Eimer (The big night in the bucket) (1962/63) and the development of the Helden (heroes) or Neuen Typen (new types) (1966).
After 1968, Baselitz' search leads to the reversal of motifs. This becomes his trademark. By placing the pictorial subject on its head, Georg Baselitz wrote himself into the art history of the 20th century. He himself describes this process as the "best way to liberate the painting from the content" and "to address painting in itself". With this process, which has often been described as a painting trick, Baselitz was able to position himself autonomously, apart from the extremes of abstraction and figuration.
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