ZAK Center for Contemporary Art
/ Meisterstück! Hauptwerke aus der Sammlung der Sparkasse Leipzig
/ Clemens Gröszer – Die Portraits
6 April – 28 July 2019
Two exhibitions show the extremely heterogeneous lines of tradition in the visual arts from the early GDR through reunification to the present day:
The exhibition “Meisterstück! Hauptwerke aus der Kunstsammlung der Sparkasse Leipzig”, draws the fascinating paths of Leipzig art from the founding generation of the “Leipzig School” to the influential teacher figures of the “New Leipzig School” to the present day. The focus is on figurative painting, represented by artists such as Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Arno Rink and Neo Rauch. In addition, there are central positions in graphic art as well as important works by photo-artists such as Astrid Klein, Florian Ebner, Anett Stuth and Ricarda Roggan.
Also at ZAK, the Berlin painter Clemens Gröszer (1951-2014), an artist who always belonged to the extraordinary positions beyond the mainstream both in the late GDR and in the Federal Republic of Germany, will be in the spotlight. With more than 60 portraits from all creative phases, the exhibition at the ZAK, with prominent loans from public and private collections, paints a multifaceted portrait of the painter whose neo-overist painting style, oriented towards the great masters, was decidedly in opposition to current developments in art. The exceptional artist Clemens Gröszer and his humorous and critical view of social upheavals can be discovered.