Matthias Weischer

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Matthias Weischer (born 1973 in Rheine, West Germany) is a painter living in Leipzig. Weischer is considered to be part of the New Leipzig School.


Weischer studied painting from 1995 to 2001 and received his MA in 2003 from Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) in Leipzig. He was a student in the master class of Professor Sighard Gille. In 2002, he was a co-founder of the artist-initiated gallery LIGA in Berlin that was run by eleven former HGB students, among them Christoph Ruckhäberle, Tim Eitel, David Schnell and Tom Fabritius. LIGA was closed after two years in 2004. After cooperating with Galerie Kleindienst (Leipzig) and Anthony Wilkinson (London), Weischer is represented by Galerie EIGEN + ART (Leipzig/Berlin) since 2004. His studio is located at the Leipzig Cotton Mill.


Weischer's works oscillate between abstract and figurative painting. Until 2006, his paintings depicted deserted interiors like stage settings that are infused with abstract elements. Furniture, everyday objects, and large-scale ornaments stylistically refer to the 1950s and 1960s. In their collage-like appearance, they establish a complex and ambiguous relationship.

During his residency in Rome in 2007, Weischer concentrated on drawing and studies on nature and landscape. Since then, he predominantly works on and with paper, in smaller formats and with a lighter range of colors. He also explores different printing techniques and, recently, three-dimensional sculptural arrangements.

Since 2001, his work has been exhibited worldwide, e.g. in London (2003), Miami (2004), at the Venice Biennale, the Cleveland Museum of Art, in Chungnam/Korea (2005), Den Haag, Málaga (2008) and Ponce, Puerto Rico (2011).

Among the public and private collections holding works by Matthias Weischer are the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Arario Collection, Corea; Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig; Rubel Family Collection, Miami and Susan and Michael Hort, New York.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2013: Thicket, GRIMM Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2011: Obra nueva/New works, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 2011: Alice, Armin und all die anderen. Auf Papier, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig; Kunstverein Bremerhaven
  • 2010: In Monte Carlo, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig
  • 2009: Room with a view, Kunsthalle Mainz
  • 2008: Room with a view, CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
  • 2008: Der Garten – Arbeiten auf Papier, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine
  • 2008: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
  • 2007: Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen; Kunsthalle Mannheim
  • 2007: Der Garten – Arbeiten auf Papier, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
  • 2006: Arbeiten auf Papier, Kunstverein Konstanz; Kunstverein Ulm
  • 2006: Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
  • 2006: Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
  • 2005: Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (Art award of the Leipziger Volkszeitung)
  • 2004: simultan, Künstlerhaus Bremen
  • 2003: 3 Zimmer, Diele, Bad, LIGA, Berlin
  • 2003: Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
  • 2002: Räumen, Kunsthaus Essen
  • 2001: Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012: "Paintings/Pinturas. The Rubell Family Collection", Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid
  • 2012: "Atelier + Küche – Labore der Sinne", Marta Herford
  • 2012: "Sidetracks – Painting in the paramodern continuum", Stavanger Art Museum
  • 2010: "'Die Bilder tun was mit mir ...'. Einblicke in die Sammlung Frieder Burda", Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
  • 2010: "Parallels: Young contemporary painting from Norway/Leipzig", Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker
  • 2008: "Interieur/Exterieur. Wohnen in der Kunst", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
  • 2008: "New Leipzig School", Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
  • 2008: "The Leipzig Phenomenon", Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 2008: "Germania contemporanea. Dipingere è narrare", MART - Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
  • 2007: "Weischer meets Beckmann", Kunsthalle Mannheim
  • 2007: "Rockers Island. Werke aus der Sammlung Olbricht", Museum Folkwang Essen
  • 2006: "Imagination Becomes Reality. Part V: Fantasy and Fiction", Sammlung Goetz, München
  • 2006: "Artists from Leipzig", Arario Beijing
  • 2006: "Netherlands v. Germany - Painting/Malerei", GEM Museum voor actuele kunst, Den Haag
  • 2006: "Deutsche Wandstücke. Sette scene di nuova pittura germanica", Museion Bozen
  • 2005: "The Triumph of Painting. Part 3", Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2005: "51. Biennale di Venezia. The Experience of Art", Venice
  • 2005: "Cold Hearts. Artists from Leipzig", Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2005: "David, Matthes und ich", Kunstverein Nürnberg; Kunstverein Bielefeld
  • 2004: "Life After Death. New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection", Rubell Family Collection, Miami; MASS MoCA, North Adams; SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; Katzen Arts Center Museum, Washington D.C.; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (bis 2008)
  • 2004: "Northern Light", Rubell Family Collection, Miami
  • 2003: "sieben mal malerei", Neuer Leipziger Kunstverein im Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
  • 2002: "6 aus 11", LIGA, Berlin
  • 2002: Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig
  • 2001: Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
  • 2001: "Szenenwechsel XX", Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
  • 2000: "lokal", Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig
  • 2000: "LIGA", Steibs Hof, Leipzig



  • Matthias Weischer. Obra nueva/New work, exh. cat. Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico 2011. (Spanish/English) ISBN 978-0-9830208-6-8
  • Kunstwerkstatt Matthias Weischer, Prestel Verlag, Munich 2011. (German) ISBN 978-3-7913-4449-2
  • Matthias Weischer. Room with a view, exh. cat. Kunsthalle Mainz, Sparkasse Essen 2009. (German/English) ISBN 978-3-941185-36-4
  • Matthias Weischer. In the Space Between, exh. cat. CAC Málaga 2008. (Spanish) ISBN 978-84-96159-69-3
  • Matthias Weischer. Der Garten. Arbeiten auf Papier/The Garden. Works on Paper, exh. cat. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; Kloster Bentlage, Rheine 2007. (German/English) ISBN 978-3-7757-2042-7
  • Matthias Weischer. Malerei/Painting, exh. cat. Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 2007. (German/English) ISBN 978-3-7757-1904-9
  • The triumph of painting. Matthias Weischer, Eberhard Havekost, Dexter Dalwood, Dana Schutz, Michael Raedecker, Inka Essenhigh, London 2005. ISBN 978-3-86560-015-8
  • Matthias Weischer. Simultan, exh. cat. Künstlerhaus Bremen 2004. (German/English) ISBN 978-3-7757-1495-2

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