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Georg Baselitz's depictions of Hitler (most notoriously masturbating) have made him a controversial artist in Germany. His main theme is confronting Germany's past.

His black, inverted eagles (the German national symbol), and his implication of swastikas in sideswipes at Mondrian were highlights of his exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich.

The gallery itself was built by the Nazis and was used as the venue of the infamous "degenerate" art show, where the work of artist not favoured by the regime were ridiculed.

Baselitz at the Haus Der Kunst

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse01 Oct 2014

Eagles plummet
From dark skies
On walls built
To imprison.

Hitler squats on
Heaps of ordure,
As blacks and
Greys and splashes

Of red fight
Mondrianic caricatures
Of swastikas, and
A little girl

Runs from room
To room, helping
Paint wash away
The stain.