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German town to establish Neo Rauch foundation

The artist is to donate all the graphical works he has created since 1992 as well as all future works

Neo Rauch

ASCHERSLEBEN. An agreement between German painter Neo Rauch, Eigen & Art gallery and the central German town of Aschersleben to create an artist foundation is due to be signed in November. The plan is for Rauch to donate all his graphical works created since 1992 as well as all future works to the foundation, which is due to open in June 2012.

“The foundation in Aschersleben will be the perfect combination of my own interests and those of the town,” says Rauch. “I would practically have my own museum and be under constant pressure to produce high quality work. At the same time it will be a boost to the town's cultural life. [It's] all very promising considering the fact that basically all my graphic works are accessories to my painting.”

Rauch was born in Leipzig, but after his parents were killed in a rail accident when he was three-months old, he went to live with his grandparents in Aschersleben. It was after Rauch, who is also a teacher, showed works by his students in Aschersleben last year that he decided to establish the foundation, according to Gerd Harry Lybke, the gallery manager at Eigen & Art, who says the foundation will be a permanent institution. The gallery is working to attract sponsorship, but together Rauch, Lybke and his business partner Kerstin Wahala have already brought in between €500,000 and €1m. Rauch has made four graphic works to be sold to raise money for the foundation.

The town of Aschersleben has also donated the 400 sq. m exhibition space, which will be housed in a former carton manufacturing factory, and has agreed to cover the costs for staff. “We want locals to participate in the project through workshops etc,” says Wahala, who is due to take on the operational running of the foundation. Initially, around 45 works on paper by Rauch are due to go on show, while the expectation is that the foundation will hold two exhibitions a year beginning with Rauch's work, followed by other artists' works on paper as well as paintings. “We hope to create a prize and even provide scholarships,” says Wahala. “But this is still very much in the future.”

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