Made in Italy: Deutsche Bank Sponsors
Baselitz Show at Galleria Borghese
||Caravaggio, Raphael, Rubens, Tizian – the Galleria Borghese’s collection is one of the finest in Italy. But the museum, situated at the edge of a big park in the center of Rome, also repeatedly presents contemporary art in dialogue with Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures. In the exhibition series Committenze Contemporanee, after artists such as Giulio Paolini and Nedko Solakov, works by Georg Baselitz are currently on view. The Deutsche Bank-sponsored show Made in Italy/Fatto in Italia is presenting two monumental sculptures by the artist, who since 1979 has also worked as a sculptor, in the Uccelliera, the villa’s former birdhouse. With their expressive, coarse formal language, the works made of wood form a charming contrast to the cool elegance of the Villa's marble sculptures, including Bernini’s masterpiece Apollo and Daphne (1622–25). Baselitz’ sculpture Volk Ding Zero recalls the broken heroes of his paintings. It also alludes to "primitive" art, which inspired the European avant-garde, as well as to the passion motif "Christ resting", known since the 14th century. Baselitz made the wooden giant in his studio in Imperia on the Italian Riviera. The artist has long felt connected to Italy. In 1965, he spent half a year in Florence on a scholarship at the Villa Romana.
Georg Baselitz is one of the most important and idiosyncratic German postwar artists. His work constitutes an important part of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Deutsche Bank acquired significant works by the artist (who was born in 1938) as early as 1981, at the beginning of its collection activity. The bank presented a selection of its works by Baselitz in a large solo exhibition which had its premiere at the Small Manege in Moscow and was subsequently on view in the Chemnitz Art Collection and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. In 1999, Deutsche Bank honored him with the show Nostalgia in Istanbul at the Deutsche Guggenheim. A floor of the bank’s Frankfurt Group Head Office was devoted to his work. Today, Baselitz is still represented in the new, internationalized, rejuvenated art on view in the Deutsche Bank Towers. As classics among contemporaries, his works have found a place in the bank’s executive areas.
Georg Baselitz: Fatto in Italia/Made in Italy
Galleria Borghese (Uccelliera), Rome
June 22 – November 20, 2011