ormer pupils of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Tim Eitel, David Schnell, and Matthias Weischer, all born in the West, participated in full in the new ferment that developed in the city and especially amongst artists linked with the art academy in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Intelligent interpreters of a tradition that had had its most interesting results within the Hochschule in the field of painting, Eitel, Schnell and Weischer very soon developed their own autonomy and, turning to good use all they had learned in the Academy, tackled the major theme of painting with a truly innovative spirit, arriving at a figurative style of great originality. The portrait, the landscape and interior views are the genres of which the three young painters very soon became recognised masters.
Tim Eitel, soon became famous for his scenes of everyday life evoking almost surreal atmospheres. His are interior views, often museums or art galleries, or landscape views, in which the composition highlights certain favoured points of view of the space.
The pictures of David Schnell also seem to suggest the reconstruction of familiar places. The decision to depict country landscapes of great perspective dynamism opens the way to new and rather more mysterious overtones.
The paintings of Matthias Weischer instead got the most part describe interior spaces and everyday life reflecting a domestic, commonplace world without, however, surrendering a personal dreamlike and surreal component.
Curated by Gabriella Belli and Achille Bonito Oliva