Flavio De Marco, Matthias Weischer
Fondazione Coppola is pleased to present Stanze, the exhibition by Flavio De Marco (Lecce, Italy, 1975) and Matthias Weischer (Elte, Germany, 1973), on view from May 6 to July 30 in the spaces of the Torrione di Porta Castello, accompanied by a critical text by Davide Ferri.
The project, which includes about thirty paintings, is first and foremost a chance to explore the work of two emblematic artists in the international painting scene: Weischer, known in Italy for his participation in the 2005 Venice Biennale, is in fact, along with Neo Rauch and David Schnell, one of the leading representatives of the New Leipzig School, which represented, at the turn of the 1990s and 2000s and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a moment of profound renewal in international figuration; De Marco has developed over more than two decades a relentless research and reflection on the screen as landscape in painting, and has held solo exhibitions in Italian and international museums and foundations such as the Estorick Collection in London, Collezione Maramotti, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Galleria Nazionale in Rome and Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara.
Stanze is above all a dialogue and confrontation between the poetics of the two artists, articulated along the five floors of the Torrione around a central core: the spatiality of the painting, which translates into the representation of interiors - rooms, in fact - to which correspond real interior landscapes.
Weischer's works, in particular, focus on uninhabited, enigmatic spaces and environments, suspended between a before and an after, between the disappearance and the silent expectation of human presence and happening. The rooms painted by the artist are thus half-empty, temporarily abandoned environments, stripped of elements of reality, places where the sense of waiting is amplified through the introduction of other spaces within the rooms, paintings and mirrors (thus images within images) frequently hanging on the walls of the rooms. Weischer's works, moreover, are scores in which space is defined through a long process of layering, which gives the painting a vibrant material presence, like a sensitive skin that is also, inevitably, a dimension of time.
In Flavio De Marco's works, a note of virtuality permeates the representation of landscape and rooms: as in many of his past works, smartphone and PC screens are the window from which to investigate the contemporary age. Thus, in the latest series of works, the artist seems to give life to images that, starting from a push toward genre painting (still life and landscape), explore the possibility of a new form of spatiality: representation that is not coherent and not organic, but rather composite, fragmented, with continuous openings/closures and refractions that blow up the boundaries between real and virtual space, suspending the images (and rooms) in a kind of perpetual indefiniteness. Contrary to what accesses in Weischer's works, moreover, in some rooms painted by De Marco the figure may appear: a fragile presence, an absorbed and impenetrable body, at the mercy of different dimensions of time and space.
The Torrione di Porta Castello thus gets closer to its original nature as a house, articulated in the rooms built by Flavio De Marco and Matthias Weischer giving the visitor the impression of moving through a stratified dwelling, in which it is possible to recognize the tension of a future already present, rooted in an intimate past: a continuous reference to the search for the domestication of space.
The exhibition is accompanied by activities aimed at the public that will be communicated on the Foundation's social channels and through newsletters.
Flavio De Marco, Matthias Weischer
With a critical text by Davide Ferri
Under the patronage of
May 6, 2023 – July 30, 2023
Opening May 6 from 5.30 to 8p.m.
Admission € 5.00
Reduced for the over 65 € 4.00
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Flavio De Marco
Flavio de Marco, painter and writer, was born in Lecce, Italy, in 1975. Since 1997 he has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums in Italy and abroad. He has collaborated with several magazines, newspapers, radio stations and music festivals. In 2013 he published the book "Stella" (Danilo Montanari Editore) and in 2023 the novel "Frans" (Luca Sossella Editore). He currently teaches "Contemporary Methodologies and Techniques" at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Berlin.
Matthias Weischer, (born 1973 in Elte, Westfalen, Germany) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.
Weischer studied painting in Leipzig, Germany, in the class of Sighard Gille.
In addition to several scholarships, he has received the "Leipziger Volkszeitung" Art Prize and the August Macke Price. He is also a recipient of the Rolex Mentor and Masterstudent Initiative with David Hockney.
His works have been shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including at Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands; KÖNIG TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan; Museum Kloster Bentlange, Rheine, Germany; KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, Germany; at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong, China; at Acadamy Franz-Hitze-Haus, Münster, Germany; at TAJAN, Paris, France; at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; at Grimm Gallery, New York, USA; at Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico; at Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, Germany; at EIGEN+ART Gallery, Leipzig, Germany; at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany; at Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Spain; at Kunstverein Konstanz, Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; at Ludwig Forum international Art, Aachen, Germany; at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; at Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK; at Gallery LIGA, Berlin, Germany; at Kunsthaus Essen, Germany; at the Italian Embassy in Berlin, Germany; at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; at Croatian Association of Fine Artists, Zagreb, Croatia; at Highpoint Printmaking Center, Minneapolis, USA.