The Early Years of the Old Masters.

Baselitz - Richter - Polke - Kiefer

“Baselitz, Richter, Polke and Kiefer created the conditions that allowed art – and no longer Death as invoked by Paul Celan – to become ‘a master from Germany’.” (Götz Adriani)

Baselitz, Richter, Polke and Kiefer. Four names from Germany that have attained world fame. The exhibition focuses on the 1960s. Featuring some 100 works, it shows how, in the early years of their careers, these artists responded to an era characterized by challenges and upheavals, utopias and reorientations, power
and protest.

Even if they all refer to themselves as apolitical, their art continues to shape the world’s positive image of a new, different Germany to this day. In the sixties, their figurative paintings challenged the primacy of abstraction. Baselitz painted heroes torn asunder. Polke and Richter unmasked the absurdity and emptiness of the consumption that beckoned from all sides. Kiefer exposed the historical roots of the so-called “Third Reich”. It is a stroke of luck to have the opportunity to unite works by the four masters in a single exhibition, and thus to shed light on this important phase in German history.

We have the guest curator Götz Adriani to thank for this project. He is not only of the same generation as the exhibition’s protagonists, but also friends with all of them. Conversations with the three still living and a very personal text on Sigmar Polke form the core of the exhibition catalogue, which is on sale in the museum shop for € 34,90 (in English € 48,00).

The exhibition will subsequently be on view at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg from 12 September 2019 to 5 January 2020.





Online Tickets

Book your Online-Ticket for the exhibition here!


An exhibition catalogue is available in the museum shop for € 34,90 (in English € 48,00).

Playlist to the exhibition

Listen to our playlist with songs from the 1960s to get in the mood for the exhibition.




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Filmprogramm zur Ausstellung

Zu unserer Sonderausstellung präsentiert das Arthaus Filmtheater Stuttgart Kinofilme der 1960er-Jahre. Folgende Filme werden im Atelier am Bollwerk in Stuttgart in dieser Reihe gezeigt:

Di 16.4., 20 Uhr
Zwei unter Millionen
Regie: Victor Vicas, Wieland Liebske (1961)

Di 7.5., 20 Uhr
Das Brot der frühen Jahre
Regie: Herbert Vesely (1962)

Di 28.5., 20 Uhr
Der junge Törless
Regie: Volker Schlöndorff (1965)

Di 18.6., 20 Uhr
Katz und Maus
Regie: Hansjürgen Pohland (1966)

Di 9.7., 20 Uhr
Zur Sache Schätzchen
Regie: May Spils (1967)

Di 30.7., 20 Uhr
Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos
Regie: Alexander Kluge (1968)

Tickets und weitere Informationen gibt es beim Arthaus Kino.

Georg Baselitz, Der Wald auf dem Kopf, 1969, Museum Ludwig, Schenkung Sammlung Ludwig, 1976, © Georg Baselitz 2019
Gerhard Richter, Schwimmerinnen, 1965, Sammlung Froehlich, Stuttgart, © Gerhard Richter 2018 (26022018)
Sigmar Polke, Freundinnen, 1965/66, Sammlung Froehlich, Stuttgart © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Anselm Kiefer, Glaube, Hoffnung, Liebe, 1973, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, © Anselm Kiefer
Georg Baselitz, Verschiedene Zeiche, 1965, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler, Foto: Robert Bayer, © Georg Baselitz 2019
Gerhard Richter, Tiger, 1965, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, © Gerhard Richter 2018 (26022018)
Sigmar Polke, Moderne Kunst, 1968, Sammlung Froehlich, Stuttgart, © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Anselm Kiefer, Ohne Titel (Am Meer), 1969-72, MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Sammlung Ströher, Foto: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Reni Hansen © Anselm Kiefer


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