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Curated by Norman Rosenthal

Georg Baselitz

Under the title “GEORG BASELITZ - BERLIN YEARS | Pictures from the Baselitz Collection ”from February 4 to August 1, 2012, Villa Schöningen will be showing paintings by Georg Baselitz from the artist's collection.
21 exhibits give an impression of the artist's early years in Berlin: Georg Baselitz studied here from 1956 to 1962, initially at the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in East Berlin, which he had to leave after two semesters because of "socio-political immaturity" the University of Fine Arts in West Berlin.

In 1963 a scandal broke out in West Berlin during the young artist's first solo exhibition in the gallery "Werner & Katz" on Kurfürstendamm Baselitz was then charged with "having continued and jointly committed acts of indecent depictions in places open to the public, exhibiting". The painting “The big night in

Bucket ”from the exhibition at that time is now part of the collection of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Another version of the work is shown in the exhibition at Villa Schöningen.

In 1966 Baselitz left the city. But he kept coming back to Berlin, where he had numerous important exhibitions and in 1984 became a professor at the Berlin University of Fine Arts.

The majority of the works in the exhibition were created between 1959 and 1966 and give an impression of Georg Baselitz's creative phase in Berlin, which led to pictures through which he gradually became internationally known. In addition, so-called “remix” works are shown, which refer to works from the Berlin years.

With the exhibition “GEORG BASELITZ - BERLIN YEARS | Pictures from the Baselitz Collection ”gives an exciting insight into the collection of Georg Baselitz's own works. The collection he put together has never been shown to the public before.

Press release Villa Schöningen


Georg Baselitz, Die Hand - Das brennende Haus, 1964/65 courtesy The Artist

Georg Baselitz: The hand - the burning house

1964/65 © Georg Baselitz

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