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Georg Baselitz: Carrying Schinkel to Athens – Pomona Temple on the Pentecost Hill | 28.08.-31.10.2022

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Classicism becomes contemporary, the temple for the goddess of tree fruits becomes a temple of contemporary art: on 27 August 2022, the exhibition of the globally celebrated artist Georg Baselitz opens in Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s first building. Under the title “Carrying Schinkel to Athens”, which refers to the Greek roots of the classicist temple planned as a tea room, Georg Baselitz will show nine new works on paper in frames based on Schinkel’s design in the Pomonatempel. A delicate, almost tender summit meeting of the most important German architect of the 19th century and the grand master of painting.

Image above: Georg Baselitz ohne titel (detail) 2021 red ink on paper, 65.7 x 50.9 cm Ⓒ Georg Baselitz 2022, Photo: Jochen Littkemann

It is, albeit a small one, the first solo exhibition since his celebrated retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which followed shows of his work in the world’s most important museums – from the Hirshhorn in Washington to the Fondation Beyerle in Basel and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. Georg Baselitz has been one of the central figures in the history of painting since the early 1960s. His radical reinvention and upside-down approach to figuration has long since made him an undisputed icon of contemporary art. Sir Norman Rosenthal, the British curator and long-time artistic director of the Royal Academy in London, goes so far as to call Baselitz one of the greatest painters since Picasso. Baselitz himself will strike a calm note in Potsdam, entering into a dialogue with Prussia’s star architect with his ink drawings. The exhibition is curated by Cornelius Tittel.


Exhibition dates: Sunday, 28 August – Monday 31 October 2022

Opening hours: Thursdays to Sundays and public holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Pomona Temple on the Pentecost Hill
14469 Potsdam


Entrance free

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