Ginkgo Palace
8 September – 28 October 2017


Rupprecht Matthies


1959 born in Hamburg
1980 – 1986 Studies at University of Fine Arts, Hamburg with Gustav Kluge

lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin


One artist finds and the other seeks, Rupprecht Matthies can do it all at the same time.
He rummages through historical manuscripts: Kirchner, and paper cuts: Runge, around, he takes them apart and puts them back together again. He makes stainless steel sculptures out of paper silhouettes, and from oil paintings: Kirchner, Mobiles. He senses the styles of other colleagues: Romanticism, Classicism and/or Expressionism, only to fall in love with them and then to be at the end of the artistic food chain in today’s world. Rupprecht Matthies updates these earlier positions from the attitude that his colleagues were only interested in the eternally human, the artistic drive and provides a current translation of this, not without having made himself a medium available to them.
He anchors the nostalgic link to the manuscript in the present. Today hardly anybody writes by hand anymore. He combines handwriting with the modernity of acrylic glass. Rupprecht Matthies is interested in the unconscious moment of writing, the creative design in the automatism of handwriting, the loudness in self-writing and the aesthetics in the calligraphy of everyday life. He asks friends, acquaintances, people in general whom he meets to write something down, a word or a thought. He preserves the personal, the character and then further shapes the scriptures. Out of this he creates objects, artificial arrows that move directly into the center of perception.
His means is the piece of writing, a thought that has become a piece in itself. The word with Rupprecht Matthies corresponds to the grid, the squeegee, the nail, the felt, the turn, the drop of other artists. He forms it and with this means he names his very own world. The basic task of an artist is to find his own style in which he can express himself freely and sincerely. Rupprecht Matthies achieves this with virtuosity and effortlessness and takes the visitor into a glass bead game, a menagerie of fantasy and humor.