A solo exhibition of paintings by Neo Rauch at the Pitti Palace in Florence features a group of new paintings created for this special location, in addition to works dating back to 2008. The Andito degli Angiolini space inside the famous 19th-century palace provides a fitting context for the artist’s unique compositions. In his contemporary approach to the traditions of figurative painting and Surrealism, enigmatic scenes combine personal as well as universal themes and layer historical references. As the artist explained in an interview on the occasion of a solo exhibition at the gallery in London, “Painting is to me a second skin, everything I want to express has to come through this skin.” The exhibition in Florence is curated by Max Seidel and Serena Calamai, and will be accompanied by an English as well as an Italian catalogue, published by Giunti Editore.
Rauch’s first exhibition in Italy opens on the heels of a critically acclaimed survey of the artist’s drawings at the Drawing Center in New York, as well as a celebrated solo exhibition of recent paintings at David Zwirner in Hong Kong earlier this year.
Image: Neo Rauch, Die Wandlung, 2019 (detail)