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Georg Baselitz, Zwei Meißener Waldarbeiter (Two Forest Workers from Meissen), 1967 © Georg Baselitz, 2021. Photo: BPK, Berlin

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Georg Baselitz
La rétrospective

October 20, 2021–March 7, 2022
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

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

Installation view, Georg Baselitz: Vedova accendi la luce, Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice, May 20–October 31, 2021. Artwork © Georg Baselitz

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Georg Baselitz
Vedova accendi la luce

Through October 31, 2021
Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice
www.fondazionevedova.org

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

Georg Baselitz, Tête, 1993, Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Donation d’œuvres de Georg Baselitz

Through January 9, 2022
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
www.mam.paris.fr

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

Georg Baselitz, Jorn, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Georg Baselitz
Archinto

Through November 27, 2022
Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice
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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

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled, 2010, installation view, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin © Rachel Whiteread

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Diversity United
Contemporary European Art

June 9–October 10, 2021
Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin
www.stiftungkunst.de

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

Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz

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Wonderland

May 7–September 19, 2021
Albertina Modern, Vienna
www.albertina.at

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

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

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Sphinx Opera

June 24–July 31, 2021
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
www.staatsoper.de

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

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

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Georg Baselitz
Pivotal Turn

January 28–July 18, 2021
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
www.metmuseum.org

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

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

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Inspiraatio—Nykytaide & Klassikot

June 18–September 20, 2020
Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
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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

Installation view, Contemporary Art: Five Propositions, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, October 26, 2019–May 4, 2020

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Contemporary Art
Five Propositions

October 26, 2019–May 4, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
www.mfa.org

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

Anselm Kiefer, Wege, 1977–80 © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Charles Duprat

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Die jungen Jahre der Alten Meister
Baselitz–Richter–Polke–Kiefer

September 13, 2019–January 5, 2020
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
www.deichtorhallen.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to The Early Years of the Old Masters, explores the early works of Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter.

Anselm Kiefer, Wege, 1977–80 © Anselm Kiefer. Photo: Charles Duprat

Emilio Vedova and Georg Baselitz at documenta 7, Kassel, Germany, 1982. Photo: Benjamin Katz

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Emilio Vedova di/by Georg Baselitz

April 18–November 3, 2019
Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice
www.fondazionevedova.org

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

Georg Baselitz, Schlafzimmer (Bedroom), 1975 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Baselitz – Academy

May 8–October 6, 2019
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
www.gallerieaccademia.it

Baselitz – Academy, a major retrospective of works by Georg Baselitz curated by Kosme de Barañano, is the first exhibition by a living artist at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. The exhibition traces the critical junctures in the artist’s extraordinary sixty-year career through paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, including rarely seen works exploring the artist’s relationship with Italy and the academic tradition. Two monumental works created specifically for this show are also on view. This is a Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, organized with support from Gagosian.

Georg Baselitz, Schlafzimmer (Bedroom), 1975 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Ach rosa, ach rosa, 2015 © Georg Baselitz 2018. Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin

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Corpus Baselitz

June 10–November 4, 2018
Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France
www.musee-unterlinden.com

Corpus Baselitz marks the first exhibition in a French museum of a new and significant body of work by Georg Baselitz. The show consists of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, all created between 2014 and 2017, in which the artist examines his own body, and through it, his place in the history of art.

Georg Baselitz, Ach rosa, ach rosa, 2015 © Georg Baselitz 2018. Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin

Georg Baselitz, Lehr nich ratte much wilm (Lelf bal wile), 2013 © Georg Baselitz 2018

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Counterpoint
Selections from the Peter Marino Collection

July 28–September 23, 2018
Southampton Arts Center, New York
southamptonartscenter.org

In 1978 Peter Marino acquired an artwork from Andy Warhol. Since then, the Peter Marino Collection has grown to encompass hundreds of paintings and mixed-media pieces representing some of the most notable artists of today. Work by Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Prince, and Andy Warhol is included.

Georg Baselitz, Lehr nich ratte much wilm (Lelf bal wile), 2013 © Georg Baselitz 2018

Georg Baselitz, Mann im Mond–Franz Pforr (Man in the Moon–Franz Pforr), 1965 © Georg Baselitz 2018. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Georg Baselitz
Six Decades

June 21–September 16, 2018
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
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The Hirshhorn Museum brings together more than eighty paintings and ten sculptures from the years 1959 to 2017 to mark Georg Baselitz’s eightieth birthday. These powerful works from every phase of the artist’s career form a focused retrospective. This exhibition has traveled from the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel.

Georg Baselitz, Mann im Mond–Franz Pforr (Man in the Moon–Franz Pforr), 1965 © Georg Baselitz 2018. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Untitled, 1966 © Georg Baselitz 2018

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Baselitz Maniera
Nonconformism as a Source of Imagination

March 3–May 27, 2018
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
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This exhibition brings graphics by Georg Baselitz into an exciting dialogue with significant Mannerist pieces. In the 1960s, a new era began in reproductive graphics—with silkscreen and offset printing—but Baselitz turned his back on such forms of mass production because of their lack of originality. Instead, he experimented with state proofs, producing small series of works, some of which he altered individually after the impression was taken.

Georg Baselitz, Untitled, 1966 © Georg Baselitz 2018

Installation view, Georg Baselitz, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, January 21–April 29, 2018. Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2018

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Georg Baselitz

January 21–April 29, 2018
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

The Fondation Beyeler brings together more than eighty paintings and ten sculptures from the years 1959 to 2017 to mark Georg Baselitz’s eightieth birthday. These powerful works from every phase of the artist’s career form a focused retrospective.

Installation view, Georg Baselitz, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, January 21–April 29, 2018. Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2018

Installation view, Hommage à Georg Baselitz, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, January 23–March 3, 2018 © Georg Baselitz 2018

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Hommage à Georg Baselitz

January 23–March 3, 2018
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
cfa-berlin.de

The exhibition, curated by Siegfried Gohr, former director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and one of Baselitz’s earliest proponents, includes key paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1963 to the present, from private and public collections.

Installation view, Hommage à Georg Baselitz, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, January 23–March 3, 2018 © Georg Baselitz 2018

Georg Baselitz, Waldweg, 2004 © Georg Baselitz

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Georg Baselitz
The Prints 1997–2017

November 5, 2017–January 28, 2018
Musée des Beaux-Arts le Locle, Switzerland
www.mbal.ch

On the occasion of Georg Baselitz’s eightieth birthday the Musée des Beaux-Arts le Locle brings together twenty years of the artist’s etched and engraved art.

Georg Baselitz, Waldweg, 2004 © Georg Baselitz

Anselm Kiefer, The Door, 1973 © Anselm Kiefer

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Deutschland 8

September 16–October 31, 2017
Eight exhibition venues in Beijing, China
www.stiftungkunst.de

Deutschland 8 is the continuation of the intercultural dialogue between China and Germany that successfully started with the exhibition China 8 in 2015. New works by German artists will be on view at eight different museums throughout Beijing. The works selected will highlight the historical context and developments in German art from 1945 to the present day. Work by Georg Baselitz, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, Albert Oehlen, and Thomas Ruff is included.

Anselm Kiefer, The Door, 1973 © Anselm Kiefer

Georg Baselitz, Blocked Painter (Versperrter Maler), 1965 © Georg Baselitz 2017. Photo by Frank Oleski

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Georg Baselitz
Hero

July 14–October 22, 2017
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus

Monumental figurative paintings and drawings of haggard and frail soldiers fill this exhibition, which focuses on two controversial series of works, Heroes and New Types, both created by Baselitz in 1965–66. The exhibition originated at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and traveled to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

Georg Baselitz, Blocked Painter (Versperrter Maler), 1965 © Georg Baselitz 2017. Photo by Frank Oleski

Georg Baselitz, Folk Thing Zero, 2009 © Georg Baselitz. Photo by Jochen Littkemann

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Rodin
L’exposition du centenaire

March 22–July 31, 2017
Grand Palais, Paris
www.grandpalais.fr

This exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience, and the way in which sculptors have appropriated his style. With over two hundred of Rodin’s works, this show also includes work by Georg Baselitz, Alberto Giacometti, Thomas Houseago, Pablo Picasso, and more.

Georg Baselitz, Folk Thing Zero, 2009 © Georg Baselitz. Photo by Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Lenin on the Tribune (A. M. Gerasimov), 1999 © Georg Baselitz 2017

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Georg Baselitz in
The Revolution is dead. Long live the Revolution!

April 13–July 9, 2017
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
www.kunstmuseumbern.ch

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Through July 9, 2017
www.zpk.org

This exhibition offers insights into the history of revolutionary art, including the repercussions and ramifications from the October Revolution to the present. The two Bern museums are pursuing two diverging art-historical traditions that are irrevocably entwined with the Russian Revolution and that left their stamp on twentieth-century art in a radical way: the Russian avant-garde and socialist realism. Work by Georg Baselitz is included.

Georg Baselitz, Lenin on the Tribune (A. M. Gerasimov), 1999 © Georg Baselitz 2017