Monumental, figurative paintings and drawings of tattered and frail soldiers fills Moderna Museet’s galleries in autumn 2016. This exhibition focuses on two controversial series of works, Heroes and New Types, which Georg Baselitz created in 1965–66, in his early career.
Georg Baselitz is regarded as one of Europe’s most prominent and influential artists. The subject matter in the series Heroes was a provocative reminder of German history, in an era when the nation was rejoicing in “the German economic wonder”. The art scene, which was dominated by the shiny surfaces of pop and cool minimalist abstraction, also spurned his works as out of touch with the times. They offered no optimistic outlook. On the contrary, they seemed to sceptically highlight failure. Despite the aggressiveness of the vivid brushwork, the intense colours, and the frontal compositions with thick outlines, the figures seem to convey resignation and vulnerability.
Georg Baselitz lives and works outside Munich, Germany, and in Imperia, Italy.
Born in 1938 as Hans Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony, in East German. Was accepted at the Academy of Art in East Berlin in 1956. Moved to West Berlin in 1958 and changed his last name to Baselitz after his home town. Continued studying art in 1957–62 at the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin. In 1980, he represented West Germany at the national pavilion at the Venice Biennale; in 2015, he was chosen by the curator Okwui Enwezor for inclusion in the 56th Biennale. Baselitz participated in Documenta 5 and 7 in Kassel.
Georg Baselitz “The Heroes” | filmed by Out of Sync | Stockholm Dec 2016
On view | Nov 11 2016-Feb 19 2017
Artworks courtesy | Georg Baselitz | Moderna Museet
Text | Moderna Museet Stockholm
© Out of Sync 2017