The exhibition will feature about 100 oils, drawings,prints and sculptures, mostly from the artist’s personalcollection—giving viewers an intimate vision of Baselitz’s intensework.
Born in 1938, Baselitz was among the tiny galaxy ofNeo-Expressionist German artists in the ’70s, sometimes known as “NeueWilden,” who focused on deformation, the force of matter and thevibrancy of colors. His powerful, monumental creations are some of themost assertive and disturbing of the 20th century, the museum asserts.
Famous for his upside-down images, Baselitz, thesubversive painter, concentrates on aspects of the painting’s formalorganization. Since 1969, whether painting heroic figures, landscapes,still-lifes or self-portraits, he has inverted the motifs of hispictures. This disorientation renews the fascination linking the viewerwith traditional figuration and enhances the image’s attraction.
As the subject matter is less important than itsvisual realization, the artist has varied his way of painting over theyears. He initially highlighted the interaction of superimposing layersof matter, and his style was so ardent it sometimes seems close to Edvard Munchs. Since 1990 it has evolved towards more transparency and fluidity.
This retrospective selection, spanning the period from1960 to 2005, looks back over the artist’s career and proposes a seriesof core themes. It is an invitation to a fascinating painting lessonpinpointing the significant stages of a coherent, relentless quest forthe brush-born image.