On June 1, 2012, on the occasion of the foundation establishment, the Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch opens its first exhibition presenting a selection of graphic works by the painter Neo Rauch, who was born in Leipzig and raised in Aschersleben.
The painter Neo Rauch, the city Aschersleben and Gerd Harry Lybke as well as Kerstin Wahala (Galerie EIGEN + ART), have established the foundation together in Neo Rauch’s hometown Aschersleben in 2012. The cause of the foundation establishment came up with the painter’s beneficence to his hometown: Neo Rauch donated his complete graphic work to his hometown on September 2010. Since then, Neo Rauch gave one copy of each graphic work of his previous editions to the foundation. That way, the presentation of his graphic oeuvre, which was created since 1993, should be guaranteed by this non-profit organization. Moreover, each copy of all future graphic works shall be included to the collection of the foundation.
On Friday, May of 4th, the Home Secretary of Saxony-Anhalt Holger Stahlknecht handed the certificate of approval to the first chairwoman of the board Kerstin Wahala and the mayor of Aschersleben Andreas Michelmann in Dessau-Roßlau. On June 1st 2012 the foundation will be seated and will open its first exhibition “Neo Rauch. The Graphic Work – Part One” on the same day. The show will last until March 3rd 2013. The graphic work of the painter will be on display through temporary exhibitions at the “Riegelbau” at the Bestehornpark in Aschersleben.
On the occasion of the opening and establishment, a catalog about the graphic oeuvre from 1993 until 2012 will be published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag. This publication will be accompanied by an essay by Rudij Bergmann and an interview between Wolfgang Büscher and the painter about the topic “home” (Heimat).