In its major spring exhibition, the Kunsthistorisches Museum shows Georg Baselitz (*1938), one of the most important artists of our time, in dialogue with the Old Masters.
"My paintings should be like wallpaper for the Old Masters." - Georg Baselitz
On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Georg Baselitz was invited to participate in an exhibition project in which the artist enters into a visual conversation with Cranach, Altdorfer, Baldung Grien, Parmigianino, Correggio, Titian and Rubens, as well as the Mannerists at the court of Emperor Rudolf II. He himself made the selection of the works. 73 of his paintings and two sculptures from the years 1972 to 2022 will be shown together with 40 works from the Gemäldegalerie, and his late work will be on display in an unprecedented abundance. Formal and visual criteria dominate the selection as well as the complete concentration on the nude, the naked figure. Baselitz is not interested in the mythological and biblical stories of the old master paintings, but in the elemental human state. The exhibition revolves around this central theme of European art.
Photo Credits: KHM Vienna