On the verge of breaking out. Baselitz at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet
Baselitz “The Heroes” Moderna Museet, Stockholm November 11, 2016 – February 19, 2017
Seventy-six-year-old German painter, sculptor and graphic artist Georg Baselitz is viewed as one of the most prominent and influential postwar German artists, who has played an important role in shaping the development of figural painting. His works can be found in practically all of the world’s most prominent museums. Monumental, figurative paintings and drawings of tattered and frail soldiers will fill Moderna Museet’s galleries in autumn 2016.
The painting “Trap”, from 1966, as well as “First Fracture Painting – The New Type” (Painter in Coat), 1966 – are the works highlighted by the exhibition’s curator, Magnus af Petersens. Af Petersens outlines the show’s overall visual mood: “Baselitz’s paintings are monumental in scale, but not so much in size. The lone figures in his paintings fill the painted surface and seem almost on the verge of breaking out – as each work is so strong, we will try to give them some space. The work is raw, disturbing and powerful – and at the same time, they express vulnerability and impotence.”