Flavio De Marco, Matthias Weischer

The Coppola Foundation is pleased to present STANZE, an exhibition by Flavio De Marco (Lecce, 1975) and Matthias Weischer (Elte, Germany, 1973), that will take place between May 6th and September 17th 2023 within the Torrione di Porta Castello, accompanied by a critical text by Davide Ferri.

The project includes around thirty paintings, it is first and foremost an in-depth study of the work of two emblematic artists in the international painting scene. On the one hand we have Weischer, known in Italy for his participation in the 2005 Venice Biennale, who, together with Neo Rauch and David Schnell, constitutes one of the leading representatives of the New Leipzig School. De Marco, on the other hand, over the past twenty years he has developed important reflections relating landscape in painting.

STANZE is above all a dialogue and a comparison between the two poetics around a central nucleus: the spatiality of the painting, translated into a representation of interiors - rooms, that correspond to real interior landscapes.

Matthias Weischer, Riff, 2022, olio su tela, cm 120x80.
© Matthias Weischer. Courtesy: Matthias Weischer, GRIMM, Amsterdam | London | New York.

Matthias Weischer's works focuses particularly on uninhabited spaces, environments suspended between a sense of before and after, between the disappearance and the expectation of an event. Weischer's works are like music sheets where space is defined through a long process of stratification, that gives the painting a vibrant material presence, as a sensitive skin, that  inevitably becomes a dimension of time.

In the works of Flavio De Marco a sense of virtuality shines through the representation of landscape and rooms: the screens of smartphones and PCs are the window from which to investigate the contemporary era. The artist seems to give life to images, starting from a push towards the genre painting (still life and landscape), he explores the possibility of a new form of spatiality. Thus, a composite, fragmented representation emerges, with continuous openings/closings and refractions that blur the boundaries between real and virtual space.

The Torrione di Porta Castello therefore, comes closer to its original nature as a home, articulated in the rooms built by Flavio De Marco and Matthias Weischer. Making it possible to recognize the tension of an already present future, rooted in an intimate past: a continuous quest to tame space.

Flavio de Marco, Nach Liebe, 2022, olio su tela, cm 100x140. © Flavio de Marco. Courtesy: Flavio de Marco, Studio De Marco - Berlino.


Flavio De Marco, Matthias Weischer

With a critical text by Davide Ferri


Under the patronage of

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

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.