Neo Rauch

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

EVERYWHERE IN NEO RAUCH'S paintings you see people at work—building, calculating, measuring, and producing—yet the machine has broken down. Mechanical fragments are strewn about. In the large-scale Lehre (Doctrine), 1999, a paunchy wrestler snoozes on the floor. His rather worldly dreams materialize on the wall behind him in the form of a monochromatic image. An official-looking figure is pointing at the black rectangle with a white stick, perhaps trying to explain some kind of statistical development to his female assistant. But the table is illegible, and the principles on which the pedagogy is based seem hollow. In fact, the bureaucrat himself is hollow: Through an opening in his brown suit one catches a glimpse of his mechanical guts. A similar chasm in the wall opens onto a blue void. Things have gone to pieces, and all that remains of the tenets that held everything together

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