"Wahrheiten. Zeitgenössische Kunst im Dialog mit alten Meistern"
Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany
14. 09. 2014 - 04. 01. 2015
Artists: Christian Achenbach, Martin Assig, BEZA, Norbert Bisky, Sebastian Burger, Manuela Cerutti, Matt Collishaw, Birgit Dieker, Jan Dörre, Marlene Dumas, Marcel van Eden, Martin Eder, Marcel Eichner, Pavel Feinstein, Pius Fox, Andreas Golder, Philip Grözinger, Jana Guntsheimer, Stella Hammberg, Ann Katrin Hamm, Paule Hammer, Katrin Heichel, Uwe Hennecken, Julius Hofmann, Lou Hoyer, Johannes Hüppi, Leiko Ikemura, Jens Joneleit, Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Inga Kerber, Henning Kles, Robert Klümpen, Martin Kobe, Matej Kosir, Anna Kott, Clemens Krauss, Sven Kroner, Zofia Kulik, Alicja Kwade, Via Lewandowsky, Carina Linge, James Lloyd, Rosa Loy, Eric Manigaud, Jonathan Meese, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Jochen Mühlenbrink, Adam Mysock, Justine Otto, Jochen Plogsties, Ulf Puder, Vanda Rattana, Neo Rauch, Daniel Richter, Johannes Rochhausen, Peter Ruehle, Nicola Samori, Cornelia Schleime, Moritz Schleime, David Schnell, Norbert Schwontkowski, Stefan Stößel, Norbert Tadeuz, Christopher Thomas, Miriam Vlaming
Curator: Mark Gisbourne
Opening: SUN 14.09, 11.00 a.m. Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen
SØR Rusche Collection, Oelde/Berlin: Dutch painting of the Golden Age is regarded as the epitome of realistic, “true” depiction of the visible world. Whether the work be a landscape, a portrait or a still-life, the modern viewer is always spellbound by the detailed accuracy of Baroque artists’ painting. But truth goes beyond mere appearance: the paintings often contain coded allegories, tiny hints and allusions, which only the attentive (and knowledgeable) spectator sees, deeper meanings founded on theological and philosophical truths.
There are many connection points with contemporary painting here. The framework of cultural references has of course changed considerably since Baroque times, but looking at old and modern art side by side gives rise to an exciting, surprising and revealing dialogue that opens up new perspectives on truths that only become visible through painting. The works from the SØR Rusche Collection Oelde/Berlin demonstrate this principle of dialogue convincingly. The private collection owned by Thomas Rusche, which has been built up over generations and originally focused on 17th-century art, has now been expanded by the owner to include important representatives of international contemporary art such as Neo Rauch, David Schnell and Matthias Weischer. But Rusche does not just concentrate on well-known figures; he discovers new artists who enrich the dialogue and make the collection unmistakable. The collection shows a selection that explores the question of “truths” in five sections and genres – still-lives, landscapes, physiognomy, history and phantasmagoria.
The art expert Mark Gisbourne, much sought after on the international scene as a curator and author, has been the custodian of the collection for many years and will curate the exhibition for Bayer Arts & Culture. A book will be published about the exhibition.
Bayer Kulturhaus (Erholungshaus)
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