On 8 May 2019 the Gallerie dell'Accademia will inaugurate the Baselitz-Academy , an important retrospective of the renowned German artist Georg Baselitz, the first dedicated to a living artist. The exhibition is a Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
The exhibition, curated by Prof. Kosme de Barañano, will have the intent to retrace all the crucial periods and junctions of the sixty years of the artist's extraordinary career through paintings, drawings, graphics and sculptures. A peculiar feature of the exhibition will be a series of rarely exhibited works that explore Baselitz's relationship with Italy and the academic tradition.
Georg Baselitz said: "I am happy to have been invited to present my work at the Academy in Venice. I have known the city and the museum for a long time and it is a pleasure to work with Kosme de Barañano on a highly original project. "
Kosme de Barañano, curator of the exhibition, commented: “Georg Baselitz is one of the most significant artists of the second part of the 20th century and deals with the great theme of painting not reducing it to its essence but rather attacking its convention. We are excited to work together again. Baselitz has a close relationship with Italy, visited it often in the past and established a studio there for some time. The exhibition will reflect the influence that Italy has had on its work over the years ".
Paola Marini, former director of the Gallerie dell'Accademia, stated: "After the success of the Philip Guston exhibition in 2017, we are pleased to continue the journey by presenting the work of a contemporary master, Georg Baselitz, whose work has been deeply influenced from the encounter with the history of Italian art present in the Galleries ”.
Giovanni Panebianco, Secretary General of the MiBAC and Director of the Academy Galleries, said: "This event is a tangible sign of the commitment to affirm the central role of the Academy Galleries, not only in reference to the illustrious Venetian pictorial tradition, but also by opening up to the most significant experiences of international contemporaneity. In this spirit we have chosen to dedicate an exhibition to Georg Baselitz, one of the most innovative living artists of the last fifty years. "
The exhibition, supported by Gagosian, will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog.
Baselitz was born in Deutschbaselitz in Saxony in 1938 and lives between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Among his many international exhibitions are important exhibitions at the Beyeler Foundation and at the Kunstmuseum in Basel.