Pinakothek in Munich
“Nazi propaganda”: Baselitz shocked by Nazi painting
The artist Georg Baselitz demands that the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich take down a painting by the Nazi artist Adolf Ziegler.
The artist Georg Baselitz demands from the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munichto take down a painting by Nazi artist Adolf Ziegler.
It is about the three-part work “Four Elements” with blonde naked women as allegories of fire, water, air and earth. “The triptych offends those around it! It is shocking that Nazi propaganda is possible in this dingy way in a Munich museum,” wrote Baselitz to the Director General of the State Painting Collections, Bernhard Maaz, and to Minister of Art Markus Blume (CSU). The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” had previously reported on the letter, which is also available to the German Press Agency.
The museum is aware of the history of the picture and explains it, together with Ziegler’s Nazi past (1892-1959), in the wall text of the exhibition and on the internet. the art gallery could not immediately be reached for comment.
The four elements Baselitz in the SZ