Yet all four artists emerged from the rubble of a post-war Germany as part of the Neo-Expressionist movement. (In fact, Georg Baselitz was the earliest and most senior member of the group.) These artists moved away from the minimalism and conceptual art of the 1970s to produce wilder and lustier work, characterised by a raw expressiveness. Baselitz is famed for his 'topsy turvy' pictures, in which figures appear upside down, half-way to abstraction. He is also something of a provocateur. Preferring to address his country's history head-on - the German word for this, wonderfully, is Vergangenheitsbewältigung - his work frequently incorporates Nazi symbolism. Who could forget his extraordinary 1963 work The Big Night Down the Drain, which depicts a lumpen Hitler-esque figure, masturbating a hideously large penis?
There's been a spate of Baselitz exhibitions recently. In the last few years the British Museum, Royal Academy and Gagosian galleries have all featured the artist. This April, the White Cube will stage a major exhibition of Bazelitz' sculpture, paintings and works on paper. We're particularly excited about the huge new sculpture, Zero Dom, composed of legs and feet in high heels. Baseltiz' intimate yet dynamic drawings of his wife Elke will prove to be another highlight.
Come and discover one of Germany's greatest living treasures this spring .
|What||Wir fahren aus (We’re off) Georg Baselitz, White Cube|
|Where||White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street , London, SE1 3TQ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Acton Town (underground)|
27 Apr 16 – 03 Jul 16, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, 12 – 6pm
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