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© Georg Baselitz, Foto: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz. Background Stories

Auf Einladung der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden entwickelte der Maler, Bildhauer und Grafiker Georg Baselitz aus Anlass seines 75. Geburtstags für Dresden eine ganz persönliche Ausstellung.

  • DATES 21/09/2013—02/12/2013


At the invitation of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the painter, sculptor and printmaker Georg Baselitz has created a very personal exhibition to mark his 75th birthday.

abstrahierendes Gemälde eines Malers
© Georg Baselitz, Foto: Jochen Littkemann
Georg Baselitz, Ein moderner Maler (Remix), 2007 Oil on canvas, 300 x 250 cm


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Georg Baselitz. Hintergrundgeschichten / Background Stories
Georg Baselitz. Hintergrundgeschichten / Background Stories


In the as yet unrestored State Apartments of Dresden’s former electoral and royal palace, the Residenzschloss, where the historic structure still bearing the scars of the Second World War converges with the objectivity of bare brickwork, Georg Baselitz creates equally unconventional adjacencies between selected works from the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, the Galerie Neue Meister and the Kupferstich- Kabinett, and his own paintings from the past 15 years. He has had reproductions made of paintings by such artists as Raphael, Cranach, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rayski and Monet, as well as a woodcut by Caspar David Friedrich, with their format adapted to that of his own pictures. For example “The Sistine Madonna” by Raffael comes face to face with her strident counterpart “Statement”, the portrait of “Queen Maria Josepha” by Anton Raphael Mengs corresponds with a portrait of Baselitz’s wife Elke, and Monet’s “Jar of Peaches” is turned into a “Folk Dance”.

abstraktes Gemälde mit blauen und schwarzen Partien
© Georg Baselitz, Foto: Jochen Littkemann
Georg Baselitz, Rikschornfabstein, 2013 Öl auf Leinwand, 290 x 208 cm



In this dialogue, quite different relationships develop between the seemingly disparate neighbours, both at the formal-aesthetic level and in terms of content or motif. Georg Baselitz has found a radical way of staging his personal “back-ground stories” that connect him with the Dresden works, setting them in the sublime scenery of art history.


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