Matthias Weischer, Drawing on the past

Matthias Weischer

Drawing on the past

November 2007 - Matthias Weischer, 2004-2005 Visual Arts Protégé

After spending 2005 with mentor David Hockney, who took him on a journey of visual discovery while steering him towards a long-lost past, Matthias Weischer, graduate of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, has taken up drawing again and rediscovered techniques he had abandoned when he finished art school.

Since February 2007, thanks to a German-government scholarship, the young painter has been living as a fellow-in-residence at Rome’s Villa Massimo, surrounded by nine other up-and-coming artists including composers, writers, architects and visual artists. Weischer plans to stay there until January 2008 to give free rein to his creative spirit.

Weischer’s interiors, on the boundary between the real and the illusory, have piqued the interest of a growing number of galleries and museums. He had his first show in Switzerland in summer 2007, at the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen. The exhibition, consisting of about 30 recent works, then traveled to the Städtische Kunsthalle in Mannheim, Germany, where it remains until 1 December, before heading for the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague (The Netherlands) where it runs from 11 January to 12 April 2008.

Another exhibition, consisting largely of drawings, is scheduled for 9 November to 23 December, 2007 at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. This will be the first time that Matthias Weischer, whose paintings are attracting increasing attention, will have a one-man show in a public institution in Berlin.

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