Out of sync

May - 2017

Georg Baselitz Fällt von der Wand nicht

Famed Sir Norman Rosenthal, British curator and art historian, takes us through art world heavyweight Georg Baselitz’s impressive series of 8 large-scale paintings exhibited at the Arsenale, Venice Biennale 2015.

The series of paintings titled “Fällt von der Wand nicht” each depicting a naked, upside-down figure against a black background (Baselitz self-portraits), deals with Baselitz’s wartime experiences as a young man.

Georg Baselitz (b. 1938) in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony. Baselitz lives and works between Ammersee, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; Imperia, Italy; and Salzburg, Austria. Collections include Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art, Berlin; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Fisher Collection at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Sir Norman Rosenthal (b. 1944) is a British independent curator and art historian. From 1970 to 1974 he was Exhibitions Officer at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. In 1974 he became a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, leaving in 1976. The following year, in 1977, he joined the Royal Academy in London as Exhibitions Secretary where he remained until his resignation in 2008. Rosenthal has been a trustee of numerous different national and international cultural organisations since the 1980s; he is currently on the board of English National Ballet. In 2007, he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Rosenthal is well known for his support of contemporary art, and is particularly associated with artists like Joseph Beuys, George Baselitz, Anselm Keifer and Julian Schnabel, the Italian painter Francesco Clemente, and the generation of British artists that came to prominence in the early 1990s known as the YBAs (Young British Artists).

Sir Norman Rosenthal | filmed by Out of Sync | Venice May 2015
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Georg Baselitz
© Out of Sync 2017




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