World Premiere of a Painting
Matthias Goerne has always been fascinated by the dialogue between music and the visual arts. From this dialogue arose the idea for the «World Premiere of a Painting». The Kunstfest and its ambassador plan to continue and expand this very unique concert format in the coming years. The basic idea is to present an artwork to the public for the very first time in the context of a concert with a thematically related song programme. For this first concert, the Kunstfest gained support of one of the most influential painters of our time, Georg Baselitz. Baselitz will present a new painting which he himself describes as «one of his major works in recent years»: Immer noch unterwegs, 2014. Matthias Goerne will perform a programme of songs by Alban Berg, Karl-Amadeus Hartmann, Dmitri Shostakovich and Hanns Eisler in dialogue with this large-format picture. He will be accompanied by the renowned Leipzig pianist Alexander Schmalcz. The Berlin art historian and Baselitz scholar Siegfried Gohr will introduce the audience to the themes and works of the painter before the concert begins.