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“I was born into a destroyed order, a destroyed landscape, a destroyed people, a destroyed society,” says German artist and sculptor Georg Baselitz. “And I didn’t want to reestablish an order: I had seen enough of so-called order.” Destruction is one of many themes that plays a significant role in both the art and life of Baselitz, who grew up in the chaotic atmosphere of post-war East Germany. Through art styles ranging from wooden sculptures to large-scale expressive paintings, Baselitz explores a wide range of themes; among them German national identity, the human figure, and the inherent strength of the human condition. Baselitz is now widely regarded as one of Germany’s greatest living artists. Baselitz: Six Decades, the first major U.S. retrospective on the artist in more than 20 years, chronologically traces Baselitz’s career of lifelong artistic experimentation and features more than 100 of his works, many never before displayed in the U.S. Among these works are his celebrated “Fracture” series, which underscores the resilience of the German people following World War II, and controversial works such as his 1962 creation “The Naked Man,” which was seized by authorities for its obscene content when first displayed. Visitors now have the chance to witness Baselitz’s creative genius and celebrate his continued impact on American contemporary art—until September 16, at least. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Sept. 16 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Rose Shafer)
OH AND ALSO
The National Museum of American History presents Luisa Moreno, a temporary display exploring the legacy of the Guatemala-born activist and labor organizer. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto perform traditional Colombian cumbia music at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
ARTECHOUSE presents Fractal Worlds, a new immersive installation designed to take visitors on a visual journey through sci-fi worlds and 3D geometric patterns. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. $8–$15.
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