The former director of the Musée National, Bernard Blistène, is literally turning Paris upside down with the exhibition “The Perspective”, a chronologically structured show. The German Georg Baselitz, a painter, sculptor and graphic artist had the big breakthrough when he began to turn down and up. At the age of 83, he has now set up a new studio in Salzburg. The artist has lived in the “Mozart City” with his wife since 2013.
A special honor for Baselitz: So far, the Center Pompidou in Paris has only shown one German contemporary artist in a large retro perspective – five years ago the painter Anselm Kiefer. Baselitz’s works are placed in Paris in the historical-political context of their time: on the one hand, the post-war period in Germany and the rebellion against the rigid socialist realism of the GDR, on the other hand, the stand against the aesthetics of the FRG. Baselitz was looking for new forms of expression without wanting to leave painting and painting. He finally achieved his breakthrough in his work when he began to figuratively “turn the world upside down”. A trivial idea, but one that looks refined and convinces with its simplicity.