Tekst: Markus Stegmann e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 148
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Hatje Cantz, 2007
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2008
With his interiors, whose great range can be seen in this impressive monograph and catalogue raisonné, Matthias Weischer (*1973) deals with a classic genre, creating a connection between his work and seventeenth-century Dutch masterpieces. Yet in Weischer’s austere, almost frozen settings, the human element is missing; there is nothing alive or personal. The artist intensifies this installation-like effect by using wall separators and furnishings such as mattresses, tables, and curtains, which are inserted into selected areas of the image as pure forms or ornaments. Extremely thick impasto also emphasizes the surface of the canvas, destroying the pictorial illusion. Weischer’s virtuoso paintings permit the viewer to see private interior worlds, which nonetheless remain artificial, posing questions about the past and memory.