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Georg Baselitz

La Grande Notte in Bianco

September 23–November 8, 2008
Rome

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Georg Baselitz: La Grande Notte in Bianco

Installation view, photo by Luigi Filetici

Works Exhibited

Georg Baselitz, Große Nacht (Remix) IV (Big Night [Remix] IV), 2008 Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Große Nacht (Remix) IV (Big Night [Remix] IV), 2008

Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Brauner (Remix) (Brown One[Remix]), 2008 Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Brauner (Remix) (Brown One[Remix]), 2008

Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Untitled (11.07.2008), 2008 India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66 × 51 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Untitled (11.07.2008), 2008

India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66 × 51 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Untitled (08.07.2008), 2008 India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66 × 51 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Untitled (08.07.2008), 2008

India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66 × 51 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Große Nacht (Remix) III (Big Night [Remix] III), 2008 Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Große Nacht (Remix) III (Big Night [Remix] III), 2008

Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Große Nacht (Remix) II (Big Night [Remix] II), 2008 Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Große Nacht (Remix) II (Big Night [Remix] II), 2008

Oil on canvas, 98 ⅜ × 78 11/16 inches (250 × 200 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Untitled (12.07.2008), 2008 India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66 × 51 cm)

Georg Baselitz, Untitled (12.07.2008), 2008

India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66 × 51 cm)

About

In my left hand I had a photograph of The Big Night Down the Drain and [I] pretty much stuck to the formal aspects of the painting, although of course I also knew what things had been like back then, what the mood was, what the situation was. I didn’t want to invoke that situation—in some kind of a soliloquy-like old magic. I just wanted to improve that picture, in its suffering or what it has suffered; I wanted to speed it up.
Georg Baselitz

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Georg Baselitz from his ongoing Remix series.

Baselitz’s long and challenging career is marked by intense periods of activity, usually culminating in a heroic masterpiece or group of masterworks, followed by startling renewal and rethinking of his subject. A traditional artisan, he works in equally traditional media—painting, drawing, printmaking, and wood sculpture—often on a monumental scale.

In the recent Remix Paintings, Baselitz has revisited the most provocative aspects of his own history. Part of an ongoing series, these new works reexamine his iconic painting Die große Nacht im Eimer (The Big Night Down the Drain) (1962–63), now in the collection of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. In this work, Baselitz depicts a faceless, masturbating boy whose identity is unclear. First exhibited in Berlin in 1963, it was confiscated by the police due to its provocative content. Although almost two decades had passed since the end of World War II, the profound personal impact of both the historical and psychological legacies of the war led Baselitz to create a startling image to reflect his sentiments that Germany was a country without direction, as it continued to struggle with its postwar economic and spiritual depression.

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Nella mia mano sinistra avevo una foto de La Grande Notte in Bianco e mi concentravo più che altro sulle caratteristiche formali del quadro anche se naturalmente sapevo come stavano le cose allora, com’era l’atmosfera. Non avevo intenzione di evocare quei tempi, quasi in un magico soliloquio. Volevo invece migliorare quel quadro, nella sua sofferenza o in quello che aveva sofferto; gli volevo dare un altro ritmo.
Georg Baselitz

Gagosian è lieta di annunciare una mostra di nuovi dipinti e disegni di Georg Baselitz della serie Remix, La Grande Notte in Bianco.

La lunga e controversa carriera di Baselitz è caratterizzata da intensi periodi di attività spesso culminanti in capolavori eroici o in un gruppo di importanti lavori seguiti da un rinnovamento sorprendente e da un ripensamento dei suoi soggetti. Artigiano delle tecniche tradizionali, Baselitz lavora in egual misura con pittura, disegno, stampa, e scultura in legno spesso con dimensioni monumentali.

Nei recenti Remix l’artista ha riaffrontato alcuni dei temi più provocatori della sua carriera. Parte di una serie tutt’ora in corso, i nuovi lavori in mostra riesaminano lo storico dipinto Die große Nacht im Eimer (La Grande Notte in Bianco) del 1962–63, ora nella collezione del Museo Ludwig, Colonia. In questo lavoro Baselitz dipinge un ragazzo senza volto, dall’identità poco chiara, nell’atto di masturbarsi. Esposto per la prima volta a Berlino nel 1963, il quadro fu confiscato dalla polizia per il suo contenuto altamente provocatorio. Anche se la seconda Guerra mondiale era finita già da quasi vent’anni, l’impatto profondo e personale delle conseguenze storiche e psicologiche della guerra lo spinsero a creare questa disarmante immagine, interprete della sua visione di una Germania ancora disorientata e schiacciata dalla depressione economica del dopoguerra.

In questi lavori Remix, Baselitz ha riesaminato La Grande Notte in Bianco nel contesto del clima politico contemporaneo, basandosi su sue proprie fotografie del dipinto. Se la versione originale richiese diverso tempo per essere completata, questi lavori nascono invece con grande immediatezza. Contro uno sfondo bianco spettrale, l’artista ricompone elementi del dipinto originale in maniera più nitida e con colori brillanti in risposta al nuovo contesto. Il teschio è un elemento nuovo, che probabilmente allude alla tradizione iconografica del memento mori nella pittura di storia. È evidente l’impulso di Baselitz a migliorare, chiarire e aggiornare, ma la natura evocativa e sfuggevole dei Remix ha a che fare con le meditazioni di un artista maturo sulla guerra, il tempo, la partecipazione, il fallimento, le possibilità.

La mostra sarà accompagnata da un catalogo con un saggio di Achille Bonito Oliva.

Installation view, Georg Baselitz: Archinto, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, May 19, 2021–November 27, 2022. Photo: Matteo De Fina

Georg Baselitz: Archinto

On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Archinto at Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Artcore Films produced a short documentary featuring the artist. In the video, Baselitz details the origins of the project, how he approached the unique space, and his experiments in process and technique.

Baselitz: La rétrospective

Baselitz: La rétrospective

Richard Calvocoressi visits Georg Baselitz’s retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and reflects on both the historical specificity and timeless themes of the artist’s sixty-year career.

Georg Baselitz working on Madame Demoisielle weit weg von der Küste (Madame Demoiselle a long way from the coast)

Georg Baselitz: Pulling Up the Image

In celebration of five recent projects related to Georg Baselitz, Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel speak with the artist and look at his prolific career.

Damien Hirst's Reclining Woman on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Fall 2021

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Damien Hirst’s Reclining Woman (2011) on its cover.

Georg Baselitz working on a painting in his studio.

Georg Baselitz: What if...

Richard Calvocoressi narrates a tour of an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz in San Francisco, describing the visual effect of these luminous compositions and explaining their relationship to earlier works by the artist.

Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi. Portraits of both artists in black-and-white.

Artist to Artist: Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi

On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Years later at Gagosian, Hong Kong, Zeng Fanzhi composed a written foreword for the exhibition’s catalogue and a video message to the German painter. Baselitz wrote a letter of thanks to the Chinese artist for his insightful thoughts.