When Neo Rauch was only five weeks old, Rauch’s parents died in a train accident. He is raised by his grandparents in the former GDR. Later he went on to study and teach at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. Rauch becomes the head of the Neue Leipziger Schule. Influences of Social Realism (the state art of the GDR), recurring motifs such as factory chimneys and church towers and folkloric figures swirl together in the constructed internal world of the artist.
His colorful paintings and drawings feel like a dream world that gradually causes concern. In his work, Rauch uniquely combines an eventful personal and political history. In addition to the paintings, his work on paper is also impressive. These are large colorful depictions in oil paint or the smaller works made with pencil, pen and felt-tip pen or as lithographs. Together they offer a more intimate look at the working process of the Meitermaler. Rauch’s special work on paper is central to this book.
From 9 October 2022 to 26 March 2023, the Drents Museum in Assen will be putting the spotlight on the work of the world-famous German artist Neo Rauch. In the retrospective exhibition Neo Rauch – Wegzehr, the focus is entirely on Rauch’s work on paper. In total, the exhibition comprises around one hundred works on paper, most of which have never been shown in the Netherlands before.