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Neo Rauch and the Deutsche Bank Collection
Georg Baselitz, Ellsworth Kelly, and most recently Gerhard Richter, Neo
Rauch is now designing an artist’s edition of “Die Welt.” Instead of
photos and prints, the German daily newspaper contains an work cycle by
the Leipzig artist created exclusively for “Die Welt.” The Deutsche
Bank Collection has long been affiliated with the important painter.
||Neo Rauch was still at the beginning of his career when Deutsche Bank
curators first took notice of him. Just a few months after the fall of
the Berlin Wall in 1989, the bank’s art team began paying regular
visits to Leipzig galleries and artists’ studios in the city. In the
Galerie am Kraftwerk they discovered works by Neo Rauch, who at the
time was still studying as a Master Student with Bernhard Heisig at the Academy of Visual Arts
in Leipzig. On March 16, 1990, the time had come. The bank acquired its
first works by the artist – works on paper that were more abstract than
Rauch’s later paintings, which have since made him world famous.
Today more than 100 works by the artist (who was born in 1960) are included in the Deutsche Bank Collection. A selection of these works was on view in the Deutsche Guggenheim, the former joint venture between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation,
in 2001. The exhibition was Rauch’s first extensive solo show at a
museum. Here not only a wide public but also international experts such
as Lisa Dennison, then Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Museum
in New York, became aware of the extraordinary quality of his
paintings. Thus, the exhibition was a milestone in Rauch’s
international career. After its premiere in Berlin, the show moved on
to the Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen and the International Cultural Centre in Cracow, his first exhibition in Poland. Today an entire floor of the Deutsche Bank Towers
in Frankfurt is devoted to Rauch’s work. And important works by the
artist are also among the first-rate artworks that were given over to
the Städel Museum in Frankfurt on permanent loan. One of them is the large painting Stern (2001).
Rauch's enigmatic paintings, personal experiences combine with inner
pictures and an investigation of German history into complex
compositions. With parallel montages, associative scenery, and
somnambulistic agents, the world appears in his canvases like a stage
on which past and present mix. Rauch alludes to art-historical heroes
such as Tintoretto and El Greco, as well as to 20th century artists, including Beckmann and Bacon.
At the same time, his work is very contemporary. He reflects upheavals
in inner German history and portrays the early 21st century as a period
in which enlightenment and ideological infatuation collide.
It was only at the end of 2012 that works by Rauch such as the early cycle Festung Blocksberg (1991) and the painting Weiche were shown in the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig. They were among the highlights of the exhibition Saxony – Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection.
“I’m very excited and eager to see how Neo Rauch solved this newspaper
design task," says Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head, Deutsche Bank Art.
“The Deutsche Bank Collection is closely connected to his work.”