Georg Baselitz: the russian paintings – Hamburg, Germany


Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Georg Baselitz: the russian paintings
until February 3, 2008


On the occasion of Baselitz’ 70th birthday, the Deichtorhallen exhibit the series of „Russian Paintings“, while the Royal Academy dedicades a singlee main exhibition of the artist (ended on December 9, 2007).


Georg Baselitz: Lenin on the Tribune, 1999, 250 x 200 cm, oil on canvas,
Courtesy Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg / Paris – © Georg Baselitz


Georg Baselitz is seen as an artist who has voraciously consumed-and altered- Western figurative styles from both the recent and distant past. With his paintings, which are turned up side down he conquered the international art world. He is Germany’s most famous living artist.

The exhibition at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg constitutes the first presentation of the “Russian paintings” in a German-speaking country. The “Russian paintings” are a series of large- and medium-sized paintings, which Georg Baselitz produced between 1998 and 2002. In the series, he addressed famous works of “Socialist Realism” dating from the Stalinist era, which, on the one hand, represented pictures that had a great influence on him during his youth in then East Germany, and, on the other hand, have since inspired him to revise his relation to German and European 20th century history by affording especially great painterly freedom.

Video - Georg Baselitz: Die Russenbilder

Webvideo about the exhibition (in german)


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