Georg Baselitz, Untitled, 1967 © Georg Baselitz 2018

"Baselitz Maniera: Nonconformism as a Source of Imagination" at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany.

On view March 3 through May 27, 2018.

Georg Baselitz, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2018, is a renowned connoisseur and collector of mannerist prints. This exhibition brings graphics by Baselitz into an exciting dialogue with significant mannerist pieces.

The selection of works from the collections of the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, the G. and A. Gercken Foundation and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich will show how Georg Baselitz deliberately dissociated himself from abstract painting at the start of the 1960s. He used more than just the topics of his paintings to position himself in opposition to the contemporary artistic zeitgeist, following his own path even in terms of the graphics printing techniques he preferred. In the 1960s, a new era began in reproductive graphics, with silk-screen and offset printing—but Baselitz turned his back on such forms of mass reproduction because of their lack of originality. Instead, he experimented with state proofs, producing small series of works, some of which he altered individually after the impression was taken.

With this creative insistence, Baselitz brought traditional printmaking techniques back to the attention of contemporary art, modernizing it considerably and thus finding his very own, personal aesthetic —a "Baselitz maniera" which he has constantly refined and perfected to the present day.


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