ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
GEORG BASELITZ (*1938) HAS DONATED SIX PAINTINGS AND A SCULPTURE DATING FROM 2008 TO 2017 IN HONOR OF H.R.H. DUKE FRANZ OF BAVARIA
The donation is the expression of a decades-long bond between the internationally recognized German artist, one of his earliest collectors and long-time supporter, and the museum staff. The works comprising this donation offer an insight into Georg Baselitz’s preoccupation with the subject of late work. ‘Piet in kurzer Hose (Remix)’(Piet in Shorts (Remix), 2008) is the temporal and stylistic link to the existing collection. It is a remix of the scandalous image ‘Die große Nacht im Eimer’(The Big Night Down the Drain, 1962/63) and thus also of some of Baselitz’s core themes, including the confrontation with collective and individual memory. In the picture Baselitz intertwines ideologically charged motifs such as the swastika or the skull with a Hitler hairstyle with his free rendering of Piet Mondrian’s iconic abstraction as well as own pictorial subjects. Past and present, the creative and the destructive, the private and the public combine to form a web that challenges the viewer in ever new ways. Baselitz’s ingenious treatment of a visual cosmos that was passed on by previous generations of artists also informs ‘Willem taucht auf’ (Willem Appears, 2013) and ‘Willem geht ab’ (Willem Leaves, 2014), in which he paraphrases - in the style of painting and the titles - the work of one of his influences, the artist Willem de Kooning, while idiosyncratically breaking away from him at the same time.
To mark the occasion of the donation, the Bavarian State Painting Collections have compiled a publication on the complete holdings of paintings and sculptures by Georg Baselitz in the Bavarian State Painting Collections and the Museum Brandhorst.
More information on the website of the Bavarian State Painting Collection.
Georg Baselitz in den Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Georg Baselitz in the Bavarian State Painting Collections)
Edited by Bernhard Maaz and Corinna Thierolf
With an essay by Carla Schulz-Hoffmann
144 pages, approx. 100 color illustrations, €34.90
German Edition ISBN: 978-3-7774-3334-9
English Edition ISBN: 978-3-7774-3232-8
Under the title Collection+, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in the Pinakothek der Moderne will be presenting studio exhibitions within the context of the collection. Presentations of new acquisitions, loans and artist rooms reveal the laborious work involved in gathering, maintaining and researching the collections, shining a light on the scholarly investigations into them and their contemporary relevance.
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