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Stories of History

January 22, 2013 – May 26, 2013

In 2007 and 2010 respectively, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao acquired the pictorial series Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963) by Cy Twombly and Mrs Lenin and the Nightingale (2008) by Georg Baselitz. Both are considered masterpieces, not only within the artists’ individual oeuvres but in the larger context of European painting.

Stories of History compares and contrasts these two major works by two contemporary artists who appropriate history in order to introduce new angles or reinterpretations of reality. Both works feature personal narratives that revisit historical figures from two chronologically distant periods, using a language charged with gesturality yet unrelated to the traditional Expressionisms.

 

Georg Baselitz
Sunning and mooning in the house of Jeff and Damien (Sonnung und Mondung im Hause von Jeff und Damien), 2008
Oil on canvas
300 x 250 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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