Germany Divided: Baselitz and His Generation

British Museum

6 February – 31 August 2014

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Modern German art is explored through the work of six of the key figures who helped transform graphic practice in the 1960s and 70s.

Thirty four of the exhibits were gifted to the museum by Count Duerckheim in December 2013, while the rest are on loan from his renowned private collection, which includes many important examples from this period.

Highlights include Gerhard Richter’s ‘Pin-up’ and ‘Installation’ drawings, a sketchbook that belonged to Sigmar Polke in which he satirizes post-war reconstruction in West Germany and examples from the ‘Pandemonium series’ by Georg Baselitz.

Other featured artists are A.R. Penck, Markus Lüpertz and Blinky Palermo.

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Part of the Count Duerkheim gift is Erste Konzentration, a hugely significant set of three print portfolios from 1982. Comprising some 36 prints by Baselitz, Penck and other German artists associated with the rise of Neo-Expressionism in the early 1980s, this portfolio documents the period when their work was beginning to attract widespread international attention.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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