The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is organising an exhibition of the sculptures of Georg Baselitz (b. 1938). This retrospective interpretation of one facet of the German artist – initially a painter and engraver – will include almost his entire sculptural output, covering a period of more than thirty years. Few of these works have been shown in France. Now recognised as a part of his oeuvre in its own right, Baselitz's sculpture gradually became more and more monumental in scale.
Forty painted wood pieces dating from 1979 to 2010 will illustrate the itinerary of an artist who has made a powerful contribution to the language of contemporary sculpture. As a counterpoint, a number of works on paper will highlight the rigorous consistency of the oeuvre – whatever the medium – in its treatment of the figure and its sources, and in its defiance of the accepted rules of perception. This substantial group of drawings displays a clear affinity with the sculptures: some are simple sketches, others suggest three-dimensional forms such as bodies and heads.
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