Georg Baselitz

Born in Saxony, 1938 and lives in Germany

Painter, sculptor, printmaker and draughtsman, Georg Baselitz is one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, with a distinguished career spanning over fifty years.
Born Hans-Georg Kern in 1938, he grew up in Saxony, an area that later became East Germany. Whilst studying painting at the Academy of Art in East Berlin (1956) he was sent down after one year for political immaturity‘. He then applied at the Academy in West Berlin and moved there in 1958, completing his studies in 1962. During this period he adopted the surname Baselitz, reflecting his place of birth Deutschbaselitz.
In searching for alternatives to the strongly narrative art of Social Realism and abstract painting, he became interested in art considered to be outside of the mainstream of Modernism. He began to look to Ferdinand v. Rayski, Michail Wrubel amomgst others and imagery that was rooted in the Art Brut. He was also inspired by Existentialist art and literature (Fautrier, Beckett, Ionesco, Artaud), by Dada (Schwitters, Picabia) and the works of the German authors Nietzsche and Gottfried Benn.

Vedova accendi la luce
A tribute to the master
20 May 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
Emilio e Annabianca Vedova
Georg Baselitz: Archinto
The exhibition is produced by Gagosian in collaboration with Venetian Heritage
19 May 2021 - 27 Nov 2022
Palazzo Grimani
Georg Baselitz: Darkness Goldness
The exhibition features paintings and sculptures representing fictional hands
04 Sep 2020 - 14 Nov 2020
White Cube Mason’s Yard
The Red Bean Grows in the South
The inaugural exhibition of Faurschou Foundation's new venue in New York City.
15 Dec 2019 - 01 Apr 2020
Faurschou Foundation New York
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