HELSINKI

April 28, 2010

Arty week-end in Helsinki

Baselitz - an artist afraid of nothing. His first exhibition in Berlin provoked a scandal in 1963, notably due to two paintings, a nude male (Nackter Mann) and a young man masturbating (Grosser Nacht im Eimer) which was taken down and confiscated by a bailiff. The artist’s subjects are often macabre. He frequently resorts to disproportionate and severed representations of the body, flesh wet with blood, or crudely exposed sexual organs.  These figures of death, misery and lost humanity, plus a series of inversions for which he also owes his reputation, are now on display at The Tennispalatsi Art Museum until the 1st of August. Along with these works, the museum is also exposing photographs of the artist taken by Benjamin Katz, who has followed him for many years. Located in the heart of Helsinki, Tennispalatsi now houses several cinemas, cafes and restaurants. Opened in 1999, this area has hosted many exhibitions, including one devoted to Surrealism which was highly acclaimed in 2009. 

Arty week-end in Helsinki