The Art of Wishes 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Natural History Museum, London
Founded by philanthropist and Make‐A‐Wish patron Batia Ofer, the Art of Wishes is a charitable initiative that brings the international art community together to raise funds for Make-A-Wish UK, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. The fourth annual Art of Wishes benefit auction and gala will take place at the Natural History Museum in London. The auction will be hosted on Artsy, with a preview of the artworks open to the public from October 2 through 8 at Sotheby’s London. More than twenty works by leading international artists such as Georg Baselitz, Jenny Saville, Kon Trubkovich, and others will be included.
Georg Baselitz, Schlafzimmer, 2021 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel on Georg Baselitz
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1pm edt
Join Gagosian for a conversation about Georg Baselitz with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair at Stony Brook University, New York, and senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Richard Calvocoressi, art historian and director at Gagosian, London. In celebration of the forthcoming monograph on Baselitz written by Calvocoressi and published by Thames and Hudson, the trio will look at the artist’s prolific career. They will highlight the exhibitions Springtime at Gagosian, New York, and Archinto at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, both opening in May 2021, and the recent gift by the artist and his wife, Elke Baselitz, of six landmark paintings to the Met, which are on view at the museum in Pivotal Turn through July 2021. Hollein curated the major traveling exhibition Georg Baselitz: The Heroes (2016–17) and authored the accompanying catalogue on this seminal body of work. Siegel wrote the insightful essay “Double Positive: Not for Not against Not Nein—Georg Baselitz,” published in the exhibition catalogue for Georg Baselitz: Back Then, in Between, and Today (2014–15) at Haus der Kunst, Munich. To join, register at eventbrite.com.
Left: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez. Middle: Max Hollein. Photo: courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Eileen Travell. Right: Katy Siegel. Photo: Christopher Myers
Georg Baselitz: Years later is available for online reading from May 18 through August 8 as part of the From the Library series. The book documents an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Baselitz opening at Gagosian in Hong Kong on May 21, the first show to open to the public within our international network of galleries since the global COVID-19 lockdown. The bilingual English-Chinese publication includes a foreword by Zeng Fanzhi and essay by Lu Mingjun.
Georg Baselitz: Years later (New York: Gagosian, 2020)
Visions of the Self
Rembrandt and Now
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm
Kenwood House, London
In the interest of public health, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Gagosian is pleased to host a drinks reception to celebrate the release of Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, published on the occasion of the recent eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Organized in partnership with English Heritage, the exhibition places Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) in dialogue with self-portraits by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. The catalogue includes an introduction by Wendy Monkhouse, senior curator at English Heritage, and a text by art historian David Freedberg. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited.
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)
A line (a)round an idea
Selected Works on Paper
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11am
This event has been canceled.
Join us for a tour of A line (a)round an idea at Gagosian, Geneva. The exhibition, which presents black-and-white works on paper spanning a period of seventy years, includes work by Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, Bruce Conner, Willem de Kooning, Günther Förg, Sam Francis, Keith Haring, Christine Hiebert, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Brice Marden, Henri Matisse, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and others. Gagosian’s Johan Nauckhoff will give an overview of the exhibition, focusing on ways in which modern and contemporary artists have explored the clarity and activating power of the simple line, mark, splatter, or stroke. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Installation view, A line (a)round an idea: Selected Works on Paper, Gagosian, Geneva, May 2–July 27, 2019. Artwork, left to right: © Cy Twombly Foundation; © 2019 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © 2019 The Franz Kline Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Richard Serra; © 2019 Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
In partnership with English Heritage
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi will lead a tour of the exhibition Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Calvocoressi will take a look at postwar and contemporary masters of self-representation, anchoring the conversation to an important Rembrandt masterpiece included in the exhibition, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665). The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact email@example.com.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665, English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London). Photo: Historic England Photo Library
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
Georg Baselitz has donated six paintings to the Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris, which are now on view in the special exhibition Donation d’œuvres de Georg Baselitz, through January 9, 2022. The gift testifies to the museum’s ongoing relationship with the artist since his retrospective there in 1997, followed by his sculpture exhibition in 2011.
Georg Baselitz, La tête d’Abgar, 1984, Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Georg Baselitz and his wife, Elke, have gifted six landmark paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in honor of its 150th anniversary in 2020. These works are now on view at the museum in Georg Baselitz: Pivotal Turn through July 18, 2021. The portraits, made in 1969, are among the first that Baselitz created using the radical strategy of inversion, in which the pictorial motif is literally turned upside down, enabling the artist to focus on painting’s possibilities, rather than the image of the sitter in direct relationship to the viewer. These portraits of the artist’s friends and associates in the German art world—the journalist Martin G. Buttig, the gallerists Franz Dahlem and Michael Werner, and the collector Karl Rinn—are deeply personal and have remained in the artist’s collection for six decades.
Georg Baseltiz, Der werktätige Dresdener – Porträt M.G.B. (Working Man from Dresden - Portrait of M.G.B), 1969, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the Baselitz Family, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Académie des Beaux-Arts Foreign Associate Member
Georg Baselitz has been elected a foreign associate member of the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, one of five institutions comprising the Institut de France. Baselitz joins ten other foreign members, taking the seat previously held by the late Polish film director Andrzej Wajda.
Dedicated to the fine arts, the Académie des Beaux-Arts encourages artistic creation and ensures the defense of France’s cultural heritage by awarding prizes to both emerging and recognized artists, organizing competitions, funding artist residencies, and granting aid to artistic projects, events, and associations. As an advisory body to the French public authorities, it is organized around the notion of multidisciplinarity, bringing together members within eight different artistic sections, foreign associate members, and corresponding members.
Georg Baselitz, Ammersee, Germany, 2018. Photo: Martin Müller
Gagosian App for iPad
Gagosian announces the release of issue 4 of the Gagosian App for iPad on July 13, 2013. Artists featured in this issue include Georg Baselitz, Piero Manzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Nancy Rubins, Thomas Ruff, Taryn Simon, and Cy Twombly.
In issue 4 we feature an illustrated “pop-up” biography of Georg Baselitz, show Piero Manzoni’s Azimuth magazines digitized with full English translations for the first time, offer an endless “art board” of works from the exhibition The Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg, including historical and biographical information on more than seventy-six artists. We also show a comprehensive overview of Nancy Rubins’s monumental public sculptures made from industrial objects, and give you a look at Thomas Ruff’s stereoscopic ma.r.s. photographs in 3-D. We invite you to interact with multimedia highlights from Taryn Simon’s four major bodies of work, curated by the artist, and explore Cy Twombly’s final paintings with a photographic and audio tribute to the artist by Sally Mann.
Opening this Week
October 20, 2021–March 7, 2022
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Wavering between figuration, abstraction, and a conceptual approach, Georg Baselitz’s powerful work is inextricably linked to the artist’s imagination and experience, illustrating the complexity of being a painter and an artist in postwar Germany. The exhibition brings together his work from the last six decades in chronological order, exploring his most striking creative periods, including the well-known Fracture paintings and the inverted figures of his iconic upside-down compositions.
Georg Baselitz, Zwei Meißener Waldarbeiter (Two Forest Workers from Meissen), 1967 © Georg Baselitz, 2021. Photo: BPK, Berlin
Vedova accendi la luce
Through October 31, 2021
Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice
This exhibition of work by Georg Baselitz, whose title translates to Vedova, turn the light on, includes a series of paintings divided into two sequences. The first part consists of ten canvases dedicated to the artist’s wife, Elke, depicting her as ice cream. The second part comprises seven paintings dedicated to Emilio Vedova, which are, for the most part, monochrome or bicolored; their titles afford the public a glimpse into the relationship between the artist and his longtime friend.
Installation view, Georg Baselitz: Vedova accendi la luce, Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice, May 20–October 31, 2021. Artwork © Georg Baselitz
Donation d’œuvres de Georg Baselitz
Through January 9, 2022
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
Donation d’œuvres de Georg Baselitz displays six landmark paintings gifted by the artist to the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. Each donated work represents an essential stage within Baselitz’s forty-year career: the tree, which was the subject of his first upside-down image; a “remix” of his 1962–63 painting, Die große Nacht im Eimer (The Big Night Down the Drain); several heads, a favorite subject of the artist from the outset; and finally, a work from the series dedicated to Sigmund Freud.
Georg Baselitz, Tête, 1993, Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Through November 27, 2022
Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice
Archinto presents new and recent paintings and sculptures by Georg Baselitz. Installed on the piano nobile, the exhibition includes twelve paintings made expressly for the Sala del Portego, which hang on eighteenth-century stucco-framed panels where portraits of the Grimani family had been on display until the end of the nineteenth century. In this show, Baselitz pays homage to Venice and its rich artistic tradition, establishing art historical continuity while also signaling a rupture between the Renaissance portrait tradition and its contemporary equivalents. The exhibition is curated by Mario Codognato and organized by Venetian Heritage and Direzione regionale Musei Veneto, in association with Gagosian.
Georg Baselitz, Jorn, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Contemporary European Art
June 9–October 10, 2021
Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin
Presenting work by more than ninety established and emerging artists from thirty-four countries, Diversity United reflects the diversity and vitality of Europe’s contemporary art scene. The exhibition, which will travel to venues in Moscow and Paris, sheds light on subjects such as freedom, democracy, migration, territory, and political and personal identity. Work by Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Tatiana Trouvé, and Rachel Whiteread is included.
Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2010, installation view, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin © Rachel Whiteread
May 7–September 19, 2021
Albertina Modern, Vienna
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exhibition features more than a hundred contemporary artworks from the Albertina’s collection organized into seven different “chapters” conceived as independent yet loosely connected “worlds.” Work by Georg Baselitz, Katharina Grosse, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Albert Oehlen, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.
Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz
June 24–July 31, 2021
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
This exhibition visualizes significant productions, faces, and voices that have shaped the Bayerische Staatsoper, or the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich. Over the past thirteen years, writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge has filmed the goings-on at the renowned opera house under Nikolaus Bachler’s directorship. Work by artists including Georg Baselitz and Katharina Grosse are presented alongside Kluge’s video works and bring the interaction of the arts to the center of attention in an unconventional way.
Installation view, Sphinx Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, June 24–July 31, 2021. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021. Photo: Wilfried Hösl
January 28–July 18, 2021
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Georg Baselitz: Pivotal Turn displays six landmark paintings gifted by the artist to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in honor of its 150th anniversary. Made in 1969, they are among the first works in which Baselitz employed the strategy of inversion, an approach that continues to be of interest to him. The paintings mark a critical moment in the artist’s career as he sought to expunge narrative content and expression from his work in order to focus on painting itself.
Georg Baselitz, Porträt Elke I (Portrait of Elke I), 1969, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the Baselitz Family, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann
Inspiraatio—Nykytaide & Klassikot
June 18–September 20, 2020
Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
This exhibition, whose title translates to Inspiration—Contemporary Art and Classics, explores contemporary art inspired by iconic masterpieces. Here, the original works are referenced through replicas, prints, plaster casts, and an abundance of archival materials. This exhibition has traveled from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, under the title Inspiration: Iconic Works. Work by Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Jeff Koons, and Jenny Saville is included.
Installation view, Inspiraatio—Nykytaide & Klassikot, Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, June 18–September 20, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown, © Wolfe von Lenkiewicz. Photo: Hannu Pakarinen
October 26, 2019–May 4, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Through five thematic groupings, this exhibition seeks to rethink the stories that can be told with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s collection of contemporary art. The groupings address a range of topics, including artistic process and complex relationships between humans and the natural world, the body, materials, identity, and notions of utopia. Work by Georg Baselitz, Helen Frankenthaler, and Andy Warhol is included.
Installation view, Contemporary Art: Five Propositions, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, October 26, 2019–May 4, 2020
Die jungen Jahre der Alten Meister
September 13, 2019–January 5, 2020
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
Anselm Kiefer, Wege, 1977–80 © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Charles Duprat
Emilio Vedova di/by Georg Baselitz
April 18–November 3, 2019
Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Emilio Vedova, Georg Baselitz has curated an exhibition of works by the Italian artist. The show presents two series of black-and-white works on canvas that mark significant moments in Vedova’s long and complex artistic career.
Emilio Vedova and Georg Baselitz at documenta 7, Kassel, Germany, 1982. Photo: Benjamin Katz