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German Artist Neo Rauch Has His First Exhibition In Prague

German artist Neo Rauch has his first exhibition in Prague

15 May 2007, 21:15 - Art
Contemporary German painter Neo Rauch (born in Leipzig, former East Germany, in 1960), whose works are among the most wanted on the world art market, has his first exhibition in Prague.

Gallery Rudolfinum now displays part of the retrospective of Mr Rauch from the Kunstmuseum in Wofsburg, Germany. The exhibition called Neo Rauch: Neue Rollen is opened until 5 August 2007.

Rauch's monumental paintings owe a debt to Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte. With echoes of Socialist-Realism, Rauch exhaustively mines the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. He is known by figural sceneries, alienated from reality. People depicted on the painting are making illogical things – on the painting Revolt (on the picture), there is the sleeping master and his apprentices freed from discipline are throwing painting colours as hand shells.

Rauch's paintings suggest a narrative intent but, as art historian Charlotte Mullins explains, closer scrutiny immediately presents the viewer with enigmas. 47-years-old artist speaks about his paintings to be allegoric situations.

As Czech daily Hospodarske noviny wrote today, one of the defects of the exhibition are painting names not translated into Czech or English. But the names such as Revolt, Night Shift or Gas Pump could uncover the way of author's thinking.

The exhibition has rich accompanying programmed co-organized by Goethe Institut in Prague.

WHERE: Galerie Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1 | metro line A to Staroměstská, tram 17 or 18 or bus 207 to stop Staroměstská

WHEN: until 5 Aug 2007 | open daily except Monday from 10am to 6pm

MORE INFO: Gallery Rudolfinum