Georg Baselitz  (German, 1938) 

Painter and sculptor Hans-Georg Kern (German, b.1938) renamed himself Georg Baselitz in 1961 after his hometown Deutschbaselitz, East Germany. He is renowned as a German enfant terrible for the nonconformist expression of his paintings, which he developed amidst the East-West divide of a traumatized postwar Germany. Baselitz grew up in East Germany, exposed solely to communist imagery, and trained in the Socialist Realist style at the School of Visual Art in Berlin-Weissensee. He was accused of “socio-political immaturity” by the school, and subsequently fled to West Berlin in 1957, where he studied the Contemporary movements Art Informel, Tachism, Abstract Expressionism, and Conceptual Art. Rebelling against what he saw as a prescribed abstraction of West German avant-garde painters, Baselitz produced a personal and expressive series of figures in dirt and flesh colors, strongly influenced by Art Brut and the art of the mentally ill. Fascinated by the brutal existentialism of authors like Antonin Artaud (French, 1896–1948) and Charles Baudelaire (French, 1821–1867), Baselitz painted painfully distorted and abused figures and body parts in his works, infusing them with unsettling tones of sexual obsession.

In his first solo exhibition in Berlin in 1963, he displayed provocative works such as The Big Night Down the Drain, which portrayed a naked man holding an exaggeratedly large penis. The painting was confiscated by local police, earning the artist further notoriety. Constantly looking for new motifs and subject matter, he created a repertoire of expressive landscapes, animals, still-lifes, hero figures, nudes, and portraits. Over the years Baselitz has increasingly embraced abstraction in his work; he famously began to paint and display his subjects upside down in 1969. In the 1970s, Baselitz joined a group of Neo-Expressionist German artists, occasionally identified as the “New Fauves,” and focused on evocative subject representation and vibrant color in his works. Baselitz began creating sculpture in the 1980s, which kept with his reputation for provocative work. His monumental wooden sculpture Model for a Sculpture featured a figure making a Nazi salute, which incited controversy during its display at the 1980 Venice Biennale. In recent years, he has revisited some of his older subjects, including heroes, in his Remix series. His work can be seen as a major mediator between expressive painting traditions and the contemporary revival of the medium. Baselitz lives and works in Inning am Ammersee.

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Georg Baselitz, Zero Ende


Georg Baselitz
Zero Ende

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Georg Baselitz, Leyk dede var


Georg Baselitz
Leyk dede var

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Georg Baselitz, Stilleben mit Flasche


Georg Baselitz
Stilleben mit Flasche

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Georg Baselitz, Adlerdarstellung


Georg Baselitz

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Georg Baselitz, Adlerdarstellung


Georg Baselitz

Fabian und Claude Walter Galerie
Georg Baselitz, Die Hand - Brennendes Haus 3.IX.07. (Remix)


Georg Baselitz
Die Hand - Brennendes Haus 3.IX.07. (Remix)

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Georg Baselitz, Pferd und Huhn


Georg Baselitz
Pferd und Huhn

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Georg Baselitz, O.T. (Blick auf die Füße)


Georg Baselitz
O.T. (Blick auf die Füße)

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Georg Baselitz, Zero Ende


Georg Baselitz
Zero Ende

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Georg Baselitz, Schwarzes Tuch III


Georg Baselitz
Schwarzes Tuch III, 1989


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Georg Baselitz, Der Käfig


Georg Baselitz
Der Käfig, 1988


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Georg Baselitz, Landschaft


Georg Baselitz
Landschaft, 1961
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1938   Born as Hans-Georg Bruno Kern in Deutschbaselitz
1957 - 1963   Hochschule fur bildende und angewandte Kunst, East Berlin
1957 - 1963   Hochschule fur bildende Kunste, West Berlin
1978   Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe
1986   Kaiserring Goslar
1987   Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
1983 - 1988   Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin
1992   Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
1999   Honorary Professorship, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1999   Rhenus Kunstpreis
2001   Julio Gonzalez Prize, Valencia
2002   Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
1992 - 2003   Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin
2003   Niedersachsischer Staatspreis
2004   Praemium Imperiale Award, Tokyo
2004   Honorary Professorship, Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence
2006   Honorary Citizen of the city of Imperia
  Lives and works in Inning am Ammersee, Germany
2013   Residenzschloss Dresden, Dresden, Germany (solo)
2013   Untitled, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (solo)
2013   Romantiker kaput, Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, Germany (solo)
2013   Waldfuß: Graphik aus der Sammlung der Sparkasse Hildesheim, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Germany (solo)
2013   Works from 1968 to 2012, ESSL Museum, Vienna (solo)
2013   Munch by Others, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg
2013   From Gesture to Language, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
2013   Stories of History, Guggenheim, Bilbao
2012   Hieroglyphs, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio
2012   Zeitgespenster, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2012   BILDERBEDARF. The Civic and the Arts, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
2012   Stadt-Land-Fluss, Galerie Henze &Keterer, Wichtrach/Bern
2012   Das Naturmotiv: Zeichnungen Und Gemälde Von 1958 Bis Heute, Altana Kulturstiftung, Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg; Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Oldenburg (solo)
2012   Die Berliner Jahre – Bilder aus der Sammlung Baselitz, Villa Schoningen, Potsdam (solo)
2012   Gagosian, New York (solo)
2012   Das Negativ – New Works, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg
2012   The Biennale of the Art of Painting: Man In Focus, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
2012   Romantiker Kaputt, Stiftung Moritzburg, Halle
2012   Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany
2011   BASELITZ SCULPTEUR, Musée d`Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
2011   Sculpteur aussi, ARC, Paris, France
2011   Georg Baselitz Graphikretrospektive, Musée Cantini, Marseille, France
2011   Folk Ding Zero, Villa Borghese, Uccelliera, Rome, Italy
2011   Georg Baselitz – 25 Jahre Meisterwerke, Isabelle du Moulin und Niels Borch Jensen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2011   Between Eagles and Pioneers, White Cube, London, UK
2011   Georg Baselitz – The Early Sixties, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA
2011   Re-Mixed, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010   Monumental Sculptures, Paintings and Aquarelles, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2010   Georg Baselitz. Remix, Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2010   Georg Baselitz. Recent Paintings, Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
2009 - 2010   Baselitz. Eine Retrospektive, Museum Frieder Burda, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
2009   Dr. Freud und andere Musik, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   Georg Baselitz Dresdner Frauen, Galerie Neue Meister und Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlung Dresden, Dresden, Germany (solo)
2009   Georg Baselitz, 1960 – 2008, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prag/ Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
2009   Mrs Lenin and the Nightingale, White Cube, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2009   Paintings and Sculptures 1960-2008, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
2008 - 2009   Top, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
2008   Georg Baselitz - Retrospective, Madre, Neapel / Naples, Italy (solo)
2008   Georg Baselitz. Druckgraphiken 1964 bis 1983, Pinakothek der Moderne, München/ Munich, Germany (solo)
2008   Georg Baselitz, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (solo)
2008   La Grande Notte in Bianco, Gagosian Gallery, Rom/ Rome, Italy (solo)
2008   Georg Baselitz. Druckgraphik von 1964 bis 1983, Kupferstich - Kabinett, Dresden, Germany (solo)
2008   Georg Baselitz, Remix, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2008   Georg Baselitz: 23. Januar 1938, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007   Georg Baselitz: Die Russenbilder, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2007   Georg Baselitz: A Retrospektive, Royal Academy of Arts, London (solo)
2007   Museo Civico di Belle Arti, Lugano (solo)
2007   The Bridge Ghost’s Supper, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (solo)
2007   Russenbilder, Musée d’ Art Moderne, St. Étienne (solo)
2007   Remix, Albertina, Vienna (solo)
2006   Retrospektive, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen (solo)
2006   Baselitz, Eine einzige Leidenschaft – die Malerei, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne (solo)
2006   Remix, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (solo)
2006   Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
2006   Georg Baselitz – Works on Paper, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2006   Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2006   Implosion, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
2005   Georg Baselitz. Andere Ansichten, Galerie Terminus, Munich (solo)
2005   Georg Baselitz. Aquarelle, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich (solo)
2005   Benjamin Katz und Georg Baselitz, Attori a rovescio, Imperia
2004   Berlin-Moskau / Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Tretjakow Galerie, Moscow; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2004   Weltsichten, Meisterwerke der Zeichnung, Graphik und Photographie, Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden
2004   Georg Baselitz: Malelade, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe (solo)
2004   Georg Baselitz - Bilder, die den Kopf verdrehen, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (solo)
2004   Upside down, boy you turn me. Baselitz in der Hess Collection, Kunstmuseum, Bern (solo)
2004   Georg Baselitz. Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne (solo)
2004   Georg Baselitz – Monumentale Aquarelle, Albertina, Vienna; Frac de Picardie, Amiens (solo)
2004   Georg Baselitz. Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2004   Upside down, boy you turn me. Baselitz in der Hess Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern
2003   Georg Baselitz. Recent Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2003   Georg Baselitz. The monumental Watercolours, Albertina, Vienna
2003   Georg Baselitz: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2001 - 2002   Thirty-Five Drawings, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, USA
2001   Sculpture versus Painting, IVAM, Valencia
2001   Reise in die Niederlande 1972-1999, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1999   Monumentalen Druckgraphik 1977-1999, Musée Rath, Geneva
1999   Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
1998   Portraits of Elke, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth
1998   Georg Baselitz: Portraits of Elke, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (solo)
1997   Georg Baselitz: Recent Paintings, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York (solo)
1997   Man in the Middle – Menschenbilder, Kunsthalle, Tübingen
1997   Expressiv!, Fondation Beyeler, Basel
1997   Retrospektive, Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (solo)
1996 - 1997   Landscape: The Pastoral to the Urban, Bard College, New York, USA (group)
1996   Georg Baselitz: New Works, Galerie Springer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1996   Retrospektive, Guggenheim Museum, New York; County Museum of Arts, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum, Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (solo)
1995 - 1996   Editions from Maximilian Verlag, Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany (group)
1995   Retrospektive, Kunsthaus, Zürich; Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (solo)
1995   Georg Baselitz, Guggenheim-Museum, New York, USA (Tournee)
1991   Georg Baselitz. Grabados 1964-1990, IVAM Centre Julio Gonzales, Valencia
1990   Graphikretrospektive, Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris (solo)
1990   Baselitz: The Hero Paintings, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne (solo)
1989   Bilderstreit, Messehallen, Cologne
1988   Georg Baselitz - Dipinti 1965-1987, Sala d'Arme di Palazzo Veccio, Florence
1987   Georg Baselitz - das plastische Werk, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
1986   Georg Baselitz - Vier Wände, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
1985   Georg Baselitz - Vier Wände - Skulpturen, Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Holzschnitte, Kunsthalle Bielefeld
1985   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)
1985   German Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy, London
1984   La Grande Parade, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1984   Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, New York
1983   Retrospektive, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle, Basel (solo)
1983   Xavier Fourcade, New York (solo)
1983   Expressions: New Art from Germany, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis
1982   Documenta 7, Kassel
1982   Zeitgeist, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin
1981   A New Spirit in Painting, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1981   Westkunst, Messehallen, Cologne
1981   Retrospektive, Kunsthalle, Bern; Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Munich; Kunsthalle, Cologne (solo)
1981   Straßenbild, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
1980   Modell für eine Skulptur, Biennale, Venice
1979   Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne
1976   Galerieverein München und Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich
1976   Kupferstichkabinett, Kunstmuseum, Basel (solo)
1975   XIII. Biennale, São Paulo
1974   Galerie Biedermann Munich, Germany
1972   Documenta 5, Kassel
1970   Warum das Bild ‚Die großen Freunde‘ ein gutes Bild ist“, Rudolf Springer, Berlin (solo)
1970   Franz Dahlem im Galeriehaus, Lindenstrasse, Cologne (solo)
1966   Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich (solo)
1966   Die große Feude, Galerie Springer, Berlin
1966   Warum das Bild 'Die großen Freunde' ein gutes Bild ist, exhibition and manifesto in Galerie Rudolf Springer in Berlin together with Michael Werner.
1965   Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich
1965   Galerie Werner & Katz, Berlin (solo)
1964   Galerie Michael Werner, Berlin
1963   Exhibition in Galerie Werner & Katz in Berlin. Two of the exhibited paintings 'Die große Nacht im Eimer' and 'Der nackte Mann' are confiscated by the Department of Public Prosecution; the process ends in 1965 with the restitution of the paintings. Letter and Manifesto: 'Lieber Herr W.!'
1962   2. Pandämonium, Berlin
1961   1. Pandämonium, Manifest und Ausstellung mit Eugen Schönbeck, Berlin-Charlottenburg
2002    Art in America, July, Baselitz at M. Werner, Ed. Leffingwell
1992    Art Magazine, 66, no. 7, pp. 93-94, Germany in Review, Bettina Mahler
1986    Art Magazine, 60, no. 10, pp. 35-37, Georg Baselitz’s Pastorale, Remo Guidieri
1982    Artforum, 20, no. 7, pp. 69-70, Georg Baselitz, Lisa Liebmann
1966    Censorship, 2, no. 1, pp. 35-41, Baselitz Case, Martin G. Butting