Matthias WeischerWorks on paper
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Following the spectacular success of the Neo Rauch exhibition in 2010, the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig has now turned its attention to Matthias Weischer’s graphical oeuvre. Weischer lives and works in Leipzig; after Rauch, he is the most prominent exponent of the New Leipzig School.
Matthias Weischer, born in 1973 and internationally famed as a painter, rediscovered the medium of paper a few years ago. “What I find so captivating about paper is its brightness and texture, which calls for an experimental manipulation of colour in contrast to canvas and challenges me to think more creatively”, says the artist.
Despite learning various print techniques and processes during his time at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Weischer has been opened up to a new artistic landscape over the past three years, one that he has explored with curiosity, passion and tenacity and one he has made his own. The exhibition ‘Alice, Armin and all the others’ features new works by the artist – etchings, lithographs and pulp paintings.
In 2003, Weischer graduated with distinction under the tutelage of Sighard Gille. From the very beginning, the act of drawing has inspired his works – as an instant response to his surroundings in a moment of ultimate freedom and openness. And this artist seeks colour;
he attempts to integrate the spectrum of his watercolours into his prints. The subjects are interiors – preferably the rooms of museum – as well as landscapes and gardens, which he commits to paper by drawing and then engraves as lines in the copper plate. With his works on paper, Weischer shows us familiar but also novel visual paradigms, which are often inspired by his home city of Leipzig.