TRUTHS – Contemporary art in dialogue with old masters

September 14 – January 04
Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen

Dutch painting of the Golden Age is regarded as the epitome of realistic, “true” depiction of the visible world. Whether the work be a landscape, a portrait or a still-life, the modern viewer is always spellbound by the detailed accuracy of Baroque artists’ painting. But truth goes beyond mere appearance: the paintings often contain coded allegories, tiny hints and allusions, which only the attentive (and knowledgeable) spectator sees, deeper meanings founded on theological and philosophical truths.
There are many connection points with contemporary painting here. The framework of cultural references has of course changed considerably since Baroque times, but looking at old and modern art side by side gives rise to an exciting, surprising and revealing dialogue that opens up new perspectives on truths that only become visible through painting. The works from the SØR Rusche Collection Oelde/Berlin demonstrate this principle of dialogue convincingly. The private collection owned by Thomas Rusche, which has been built up over generations and originally focused on 17th-century art, has now been expanded by the owner to include important representatives of international contemporary art such as Neo Rauch, David Schnell and Matthias Weischer. But Rusche does not just concentrate on well-known figures; he discovers new artists who enrich the dialogue and make the collection unmistakable. The collection shows a selection that explores the question of “truths” in five sections and genres – still-lives, landscapes, physiognomy, history and phantasmagoria.
The art expert Mark Gisborne, much sought after on the international scene as a curator and author, has been the custodian of the collection for many years and will curate the exhibition for Bayer Arts & Culture. A book will be published about the exhibition.

Bayer Kulturhaus
Nobelstraße 37, 51373 Leverkusen