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b. 1960, Germany

Neo Rauch Biography

Neo Rauch is a German artist whose vivid, dramatic works reflect conventions of surrealist abstraction yet at the same time demonstrate concerns for the narrative in painting. In much of his paintings, Rauch juxtaposes human figures engaged in physical labor with industrial environments, sparse landscapes or simple architectural forms. His scale is often non-perspectival which contributes to an otherworldly, dream-like atmosphere operating in the imaginative realm.

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Rauch was born in 1960 in Leipzig, where he continues to live and work. Rauch studied from 1981 to 1986 at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and was a Master Student from 1986 to 1990.

He held his first solo exhibition in 1989 at the Galerie am Thomaskirchhof and has since had solo exhibitions most notably at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, David Zwirner in New York, and Galerie Eligen + Art, among others.

Rauch's work is held in the museum collections of Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Neo Rauch Featured Artworks

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Lichtbringerinnen by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchLichtbringerinnen, 2012Three-colour lithograph and chalk on Hahnemühle Lanaroyal paper
53.7 x 75 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Brandspur by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchBrandspur, 2017Four-colour lithograph on Hahnemühle Alt Worms paper
45 x 35 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Kogni by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchKogni, 2017Three-colour lithograph on Hahnemühle Alt Worms paper
81.5 x 58.5 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Toma by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchToma, 2018Five-colour lithograph on Hahnemühle Alt Worms paper
60.3 x 78.7 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Diebe by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchDiebe, 2020Two-coloured lithograph on handmade paper
45 x 33 cm
Galerie Eigen + Art Contact Gallery
Die Wächter by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchDie Wächter, 2019Oil on canvas
70 x 100 cm
Galerie Eigen + Art Contact Gallery
Der blinde Türmer by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchDer blinde Türmer, 2019Three-colour tusche lithograph
29 x 37 cm
Galerie Eigen + Art Contact Gallery
Hofgesellschaft by Neo Rauch contemporary artwork
Neo RauchHofgesellschaft, 2015Single colour ink lithograph
34.5 x 25 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery

Neo Rauch Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Neo Rauch, Blätterrausch Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, Online Only, New York
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10–27 December 2020 Neo Rauch Blätterrausch Online Viewing Room David ZwirnerOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 20/20 at David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
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29 October–19 December 2020 Group Exhibition 20/20 David Zwirner20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York
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1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth548 West 22nd Street, New York

Neo Rauch Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
Galerie Eigen + Art contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Galerie Eigen + Art Berlin, Leipzig

Neo Rauch In Ocula Magazine

Galleries Augment Basel Online With Clicks-and-Mortar Exhibitions Ocula News Galleries Augment Basel Online With Clicks-and-Mortar Exhibitions Berlin, 16 June 2020

In Berlin, where the pandemic permits, digital viewing rooms are being remade offline. Elsewhere, galleries are mounting ever richer online presentations.

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Neo Rauch Ocula Conversation Neo Rauch By Anna Dickie, Leipzig

Born in 1960 in Leipzig in what was then, East Germany, Neo Rauch is part of a generation of artists who came of age in a war-torn, divided nation. He studied figurative painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. And when the Berlin wall fell he continued to paint in a representational style, unlike many of his...

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Neo Rauch In Related Press

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A Mega-Gallery Marks a Quarter Century Related Press A Mega-Gallery Marks a Quarter Century 3 February 2018, Hyperallergic

With five New York spaces, outposts in London and Hong Kong, 165 employees, more than a half-billion dollars in sales last year alone, and a Renzo Piano-designed flagship slated to open on 20th Street in 2020, it's no wonder that David Zwirner Gallery is routinely, and sometimes derisively, called a mega-gallery, and Zwirner himself a mega-dealer...

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What exhibitions to see during Frieze Related Press What exhibitions to see during Frieze 4 October 2016, Whitewall

While in London next week for Frieze, don’t forget to get out of the fair tents and explore the many exhibitions on view at galleries and museums around town. Here is a non-exhaustive but selective list that should keep you busy. William Eggleston Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery in Covent Garden July 21-October 23 This...

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Neo World (Dis)order Related Press Neo World (Dis)order 16 October 2015, Post-ism

For three decades German artist Neo Rauch has been one of the leading figurative painters of his generation creating works that offer up a window onto a strange world. It’s a world that operates according to its own laws, a world that is at once familiar with its bucolic scenery and sometimes industrial landscapes, and yet completely alien...

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Light shows and pink feathers: how Art Basel 2015 took over Hong Kong Related Press Light shows and pink feathers: how Art Basel 2015 took over Hong Kong 18 March 2015, Wallpaper Magazine

Art Basel swept into Hong Kong this week sparking a creativity frenzy that spread well beyond the 233 galleries showing in the city’s monolithic convention centre as everyone from up-and-coming young local designers to international galleries and fashion designers jumped on for the ride.

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