Georg Baselitz, born Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz near Dresden (Saxony) in 1938, now lives and works between the Ammer lake (Bavaria) and Imperia (Liguria).
He has been an influence on international art since 1960, his works developing in the arena of the reception of German expressionism on the one hand, and the lightness of American painting (Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning) on the other. His Helden [heroes] group, finger-paintings, fracture and Russian paintings, which focus on his German past are represented in almost all distinguished museum collections.
In the late 1970s his iconic “upside-down” paintings, in which bodies, landscapes, and buildings are inverted within the picture plane, ignoring the realities of the physical world, make obvious the artifice of painting. Drawing upon a dynamic and myriad pool of influences, including art of the Mannerist period, African sculptures, and Soviet era illustration art, Baselitz developed a distinct painting language.
Since 2006 he has produced so-called remix paintings in which, with an unprecedented lightness of touch, he re-examines the iconography of his own historical works.
He has exhibited widely including solo shows at:
Musée Cantini, Marseille (2011),
Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010),
Galerie Neue Meister und Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlung Dresden (2009),
Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2009),
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples (2008),
the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2007),
Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen (2006),
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1997)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1995).
Group shows include, Royal Academy, London (2011), Kunstmuseum Basel (2008), Venice Biennial (2007), the Stedelijk, Amsterdam (2001) and Documenta 7 (1982).