Matthias Weischer

Germany 1973


Matthias Weischer
Matthias Weischer
February 27, 2015

Matthias Weischer is a German artist, regarded as one of the most important painters of his generation. He came to international attention in the early 21st Century as a member of the Leipzig School – a movement credited with spearheading the revival of figurative painting. Born in Elte, West Germany in 1973, Weischer moved east to study at Leipzig’s Academy of Visual Arts in Saxony. He received his MA in 2003 and was a co-founder of the artist-initiated gallery LIGA in Berlin, which was closed after two years of work. Today, Weischer is one of the best young artists coming from Eastern Germany, recognized both in Germany and in the world. Weischer has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Scholarship of the Deutsche Akademie Rom, Villa Massimo in 2007 and Laureate of the Rolex Mentor and Master student initiative with David Hockney in 2004.

Weischer is a member of the Leipzig School – a movement credited for the revival of figurative painting

Deserted Interiors

A constant of Weischer’s dynamic art practice is his commitment to the subject of space as a source for both context and motive. The arresting complexity of Weischer’s early interiors with their exciting spatial configurations captured the imagination of critics and public alike and proved influential for a generation of international painters. Never shy of experimenting with new techniques and mediums in his painting, Weischer regards the act of drawing as fundamental to his practice. This is evident throughout Weischer’s early collage-like interiors, rich in texture and detail, and the landscapes that owe much to the influence of Italian and Japanese gardens. These paintings often question viewer’s perception with their emptiness which was at the same time full of details. The lack of human presence is the key to achieving this element. The interior in his work is well decorated and preserved, bringing the viewer to the conclusion somebody should be living there. On the other hand, the rooms are too sterile and clean, creating the opposing impression of a room somebody maintains, but doesn’t reside in. His first exhibitions quickly created an interest in this young artist’s works.

The arresting complexity of Weischer’s early interiors captured the imagination of critics

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Matthias Weischer – Fernsehturm, 2004

Finding the Clues in Nature

In 2007, during his staying in Rome, Weischer started to focus on drawing nature and landscapes. Whereas in the first era, he mostly painted the interior, here he combined his interior approach with landscapes. These landscapes are closed in details, often surrounded by the detail quantity so much, it will make the viewer think it’s an indoor facility filled with plants. Weischer’s early works tended towards the theatrical – he often adopted a classic genre painting technique where the viewer can look directly into a room as if the fourth wall’ is missing – his recent interiors and landscapes cast the viewer in a more active role, requiring him to slow down and search for visual clues in order to decipher the space depicted and to fully explore the invitingly tactile, multi-layered grounds. In order to reach the same type of freedom he had with the indoor paintings, Weischer perceives plants and animals as objects. Same way he perceives furniture in his early work. The biggest difference is Weischer’s beginning stage of creating a painting. Here, he travels to a landscape to get acknowledged with the details. Not to replicate them, but to get the motivation needed to turn something natural into something artificial. He paints the landscapes from memory, inserting his own motifs into the memory holes. The etymology of the word “art” comes from “artificial”, something that isn’t natural. In the same way, he inserts elements which are irrational into nature’s logic but provides the aspects of a deeper space and harmony between natural and unnatural. With the solo exhibition of landscapes which held a place at Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag, his new form of work was recognized around the world. Weischer’s recent spontaneous works of art were presented at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery exhibition, Hong Kong, Konig Gallery, Berlin and many other exhibitions.

His recent interiors and landscapes cast the viewer in a more active role

Matthias Weischer - Garden Study II, 2010 - Oil on Canvas
Matthias Weischer – Garden Study II, 2010 – Oil on Canvas

Realistic Abnormalities

Weischer is adept at creating consistently believable worlds, but many of his interiors could not actually work in reality – the shadows are wrong, the architecture ambitious to the point of unfeasible. This deliberate subversion of established rules, builds a picture of a universe out of kilter, where perception itself is called into question. The space between what is seen and what is felt is a new and fertile ground for Weischer, and the surfaces of his paintings are noticeably more active and animated, resulting in the viewer’s immersion in a paradoxically static, but charged environment. The medium of paint itself now vies with space as Weischer’s chosen subject, as he pushes the limits of its toffee-like plasticity. Among the collections holding Matthias Weischer’s work are the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague; Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig; Rubel Family Collection, Miami and Susan and Michael Hort, New York.

Matthias Weischer lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.

Featured image: Mathias Weischer – Photo taken by: Paul Nienhaus
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2015 ALL THE WORLDS A STAGEFundación Banco Santander, MadridGroup
2015CAMERA OBSCURANeuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, PfaffenhofenGroup
2015WeischerKÖNIG GALERIE, BerlinSolo
2015Traces to nowhereLehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2014Matthias WeischerTAJAN ARTstudio, ParisSolo
2014The side of paradiseSotheby's, LondonGroup
2014The Vincent Award Room: Matthias WeischerGemeentemuseum Den Haag, The HagueSolo
2013NightfallRudolfinum, PragGroup
2013Schöne LandschaftKunsthalle OsnabrückGroup
2013Ortsbestimmung - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus SachsenKulturhistorisches Museum Görlitz - KaisertrutzGroup
2013Donation Florence et Daniel GuerlainCentre Pompidou, ParisGroup
2013ThicketGRIMM Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2013The Inevitable FigurationCentro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, PratoGroup
2012Paintings from The Rubell Family CollectionSala de Arte Santander, MadridGroup
2012Sidetracks: Painting in the paramodern continuumStavanger Art Museum, StavangerGroup
2012Atelier + Kitchen = Laboratories of the SensesMarta Herford, HerfordGroup
2011ROM sehen und sterbenKunsthalle Erfurt, ErfurtGroup
2011Obra neuvaMuseo Arte de Ponce, PonceSolo
2011Alice, Armin und all die anderen. Auf PapierKunstverein BremerhavenSolo
2011Lubok, Künstlerbücher aus LeipzigStädtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, ReutlingenGroup
2011Alice, Armin und all die anderen. Auf PapierMuseum der bildenden Künste LeipzigSolo
2010In Monte CarloGalerie EIGEN + ART LeipzigSolo
2010Parallelen: Junge zeitgenössische Kunst aus Norwegen und LeipzigKistefos Museum, JevnakerGroup
2010LubokEssenheimer Kunstverein, EssenheimGroup
2010LubokLyonel Feininger Galerie, QuedlinburgGroup
2010Group ShowGalerie EIGEN + ART LeipzigGroup
2010Die Bilder tun was mit mir... Einblicke in die Sammlung Frieder BurdaMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden BadenGroup
2010Was ihr wolltRuhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Theater Marl in cooperation with the Renaissance-Theater Berlin and Grand Theatre de LuxembourgSolo
2010The Library of Babel - In and out of PlaceThe Zabludowicz Collection, LondonGroup
200960-40-20Museum der bildenden Künste LeipzigGroup
2009Lubok - Originalgrafische BilderbücherMuseum der bildenden Künste LeipzigGroup
2009Room with a ViewKunsthalle MainzSolo
2009Memorabilia, Sächsische Künstler in RomGalerie des Neuen, Sächsischer Kunstverein, DresdenGroup
2008The Leipzig PhenomenaMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestGroup
2008Germania contemporanea. Dipingere è narrare: Tim Eitel, Matthias Weischer, David SchnellMuseo di arte moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2008Schnell MARTMuseo di arte moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2008Sommer bei EIGEN + ARTGalerie EIGEN + ART BerlinGroup
2008New Leipzig SchoolCobra Museum, AmstelveenGroup
2008Interieur - Exterieur. Wohnen in der KunstKunstmuseum WolfsburgGroup
2008Der Garten – Arbeiten auf PapierKloster Bentlage, RheineSolo
2008In the Space BetweenCAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de MálagaSolo
2008Malerei – PaintingGemeentemuseum, Den HaagSolo
2007Part V. Fantasy and Fiction, Teil der Ausstellungszyklus Imagination Becomes RealityZKM, KarlsruheGroup
2007Weischer meets BeckmannKunsthalle MannheimGroup
2007Rockers Island - Olbricht CollectionFolkwang Museum EssenGroup
2007Malerei – PaintingMuseum zu Allerheiligen SchaffhausenSolo
2007Malerei – PaintingKunsthalle MannheimSolo
2007Der Garten – Arbeiten auf PapierNeuer Berliner KunstvereinSolo
2007SpaziAperti 5Accademia di Romania, RomeGroup
2007Mad Love, Young Art from Danish Private CollectionsMuseum of Modern Art Arken, ArkenGroup
2006Artists from LeipzigArario Beijing, BejingGroup
2006Arbeiten auf PapierKunstverein Konstanz; Kunstverein UlmSolo
2006Deutsche Wandstücke - Sette scene di nuova pittura germanicaMuseion BozenGroup
2006Made in Leipzig – Bilder aus einer Stadt, Sammlung EsslKlosterneuburgGroup
2006Archi-PeintureLe Plateau, ParisGroup
2006Archi-PeintureCamden Arts Center, LondonGroup
2006Neue Malerei - Erwerbungen 2002 – 2005Museum Frieder Burda, Baden- BadenGroup
2006Matthias WeischerGalerie EIGEN + ART BerlinSolo
2006Matthias Weischer. MalereiLudwig Forum Internationale Kunst, AachenSolo
2006LandschaftGalerie EIGEN + ART BerlinGroup
2006Full House – Gesichter einer SammlungKunsthalle MannheimGroup
2006Netherlands v. GermanyGEM museum voor actuele kunst, Den HaagGroup
2005Life After Death: New Paintings from the Rubell Family CollectionSalt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UtahGroup
2005Cold Hearts - Artists from LeipzigArario Gallery, Cheonan, Corea Biennale VeneziaGroup
2005Expanded Painting - Painting and aroundPrague Biennale 2, PragueGroup
2005La nouvelle peinture AllemandeCarré d`Art - Musée D`Art Contemporain de NimesGroup
2005Life After Death: New Paintings from the Rubell Family CollectionFrye Art Museum, SeattleGroup
2005Italienischer PavillionCorea Biennale, VeneziaGroup
2005PortraitGalerie EIGEN + ART BerlinGroup
2005David, Matthes und ich, Kunstverein NürnbergKunstverein BielefeldGroup
2005LVZ Art AwardMuseum der bildenden Künste LeipzigSolo
2005Life After Death: New Paintings from the Rubell Family CollectionMASS MoCA, North AdamsGroup
2005Life After Death: New Paintings from the Rubell Family CollectionKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas CityGroup
2005Life After Death: New Paintings from the Rubell Family CollectionSITE Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2005Life After Death: New Paintings from the Rubell Family CollectionKatzen Arts Center Museum, Washington D.C.Group
2004Matthias Weischer, David Schnell, Tim EitelGalerie EIGEN + ART BerlinGroup
2004Northern Light: Leipzig in MiamiRubell Family Collection, MiamiGroup
2004SimultanKünstlerhaus BremenSolo
2004Direkte MalereiKunsthalle MannheimGroup
2003Sieben mal MalereiNeuer Leipziger Kunstverein at Museum der bildenden Künste LeipzigGroup
20033 Zimmer, Diele, BadGalerie LIGA, BerlinSolo
2002RäumenKunsthaus EssenSolo
2002Group ShowGalerie EIGEN + ART LeipzigGroup