Claiming that German society has become intolerant of refugees, Ai Weiwei is leaving his home in Berlin for Cambridge. “Europe was a civilised, modern society which was supposed to uphold humanism, democracy, freedom and human rights,” he says. “Europe may no longer remain Europe beyond geography.”
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Neo Rauch (born 18 April 1960, in Leipzig, East Germany) is a German artist whose monumental paintings owe a debt to Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte. With echoes of socialist realism, Rauch exhaustively mines the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, and he lives and works in Leipzig (Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei), Germany.
Rauch’s paintings suggest a narrative intent but, as art historian Charlotte Mullins explains, closer scrutiny immediately presents the viewer with enigmas: “Architectural elements peter out; men in uniform from throughout history intimidate men and women from other centuries; great struggles occur but their reason is never apparent; styles change at a whim.”
Rauch won the Vincent Award in 2002. His work was featured at the 2005 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and he had his first solo North American museum exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, MO in 2003-2004. His first Canadian exhibit was held at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal in 2006.
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