Sep 3, 2020 – October 11, 2020
All images courtesy of the Gallery and the artist
Matthias Weischer’s paintings depict domestic interior scenes and landscapes that bring into question the perception of space. Weischer gradually builds thick layers of pigment on the canvas, creating surfaces that are alive with rich texture. His technique serves to both contrast and unites areas of intricate detail and emptiness. Since Weischer first gained recognition as a member of the Neue Leipziger Schule in the early 2000s, he has experimented with various techniques, pushing historical genres into exciting new territories. His origins as a painter of elaborate spaces charged with personal memories connects to his present work through a shared tendency toward the theatrical. In 2007, after a period of working in Rome, the artist shifted his focus toward the landscape and adopted a more painterly technique with emphasis on expressing form through the materiality of the surface. At present, Weischer has returned to the stage of the interior space with renewed interest in the figure and its relationship to the domestic realm.
Matthias Weischer (b.1973 in Elte, DE) lives and works in Leipzig (DE). He studied at the Leipzig Academy, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 2000 and his Master’s degree in 2003. In 2004, Weischer was chosen as the protégé of the British artist David Hockney through the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative. In 2005 Weischer participated in the Prague Biennale and the 51st Venice Biennale.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga (ES); Kunstmuseum, the Hague (NL); Museum Kloster Bentlage, Rheine (DE); Ludwig Forum Internationale Kunst, Aachen (DE); and Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (DE), amongst others. Group exhibtions including Weischer’s work have been on view at Centre Geogres Pompidou, Paris (FR); Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger (NO); Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (NL); Camden Arts Center, London (UK); GEM Museum of contemporary art, The Hague (NL);
His work can be found in institutional and private collections, including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (US); Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (US); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (NL); Museum of Modern Art, Arken (DK); G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig (DE); and Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main (DE) among many others. He will have a solo exhibition at the Drents Museum in Assen (NL) in 2021.