Artist Talks is a program organized by the Fondation Beyeler and UBS in which internationally renowned contemporary artists speak about their work. The talks have an open, dynamic format and range from traditional artist’s talks to moderated conversations between artists and prominent figures from the art world. The Artist Talks are held at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen/Basel and at other art institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.
Artist Talks: Baselitz
Friday, February 16, 2018, 6.30pm
The German painter, graphic artist and sculptor Georg Baselitz is one of the most significant artists of our time. To mark his 80th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is dedicating a major retrospective to the artist from 21 January to 29 April 2018. In addition to Baselitz being represented in the Fondation Beyeler's collection, eleven of his works also feature in the UBS Art Collection. This institution is supporting the Fondation Beyeler's exhibition with the loan of a sculpture.
Georg Baselitz was born Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony, on 23 January 1938. In 1956, he took up studies in painting at the Hochschule für bildende und angewandte Kunst (Academy of Visual and Applied Art) in East Berlin. After two semesters there, he continued his formal education at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (Academy of Visual Arts) in West Berlin, graduating from the masterclass in 1963. He took the pseudonym of Georg Baselitz, based on the name of his birthplace, in 1961. His first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Werner & Katz in Berlin in 1963.
Baselitz is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Royal Academician. He lives and works in Basel, at the Ammersee lake in Bavaria and in Imperia on the Ligurian Riviera.
Martin Schwander, Curator at Large, in conversation with the artist.
The talk is sold out. It will be streamed live on Facebook.