Ruprecht von Kaufmann

Ruprecht von Kaufmann
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Ruprecht von Kaufmann

The paintings by Ruprecht von Kaufmann often depict rather gloomy melancholic scenarios. The artist deals with dream worlds. Animals, and horses in particular, are dominant elements of portrayal in his large scale works. For the artist, horses symbolise strength, movement and change. They represent positive characteristics. His surreal works take the viewer into imaginary worlds, where the laws of physics are defied.

For Rohkunstbau the artist has chosen two diptychs that present themselves in a playful bleak look. Painted against a dark background, the diptych “Nacht” (night) depicts a ship in the darkness bathed in soft white; a pale moon seems to light the scene in which a big fish lies dead on deck. An equestrian figure unmasks the image as a dream sequence. The second diptych shows a horse without legs, yet it still radiates strength and confidence, and a man balancing a pink elephant. The “pink elephant” is a symbol for hallucinations stemming from a drug-induced frenzy. Here it underlines the surreal imagery and functions as a portal into another world. The artist highlights this by placing the elephant directly in front of a black hole. In the GDR, the “pink elephant” was a term used by artists and cabaret artists as a way of opposing state censorship. Extreme hints (elephants) were deliberately presented to the censors, and then immediately blacked out, only to be followed by the real, but more subtle ones, that then passed undetected – they were part of the revolution.


2014        Fabel, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
Carna(va)l, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Liesborn, Germany
2013         Die Nacht, Junge Kunst Wolfsburg e.V., Wolfsburg, Germany
2011         Zwischenzeit, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, Gladbeck, Germany
2010         Herr Lampe, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2007         Eine Übersicht, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

2014         Waffensichten, Museum Galerie Dachau, Dachau, Germany
Malerei am Rand der Wirklichkeit, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
2013    Weltenschöpfer, Museum für Bildende Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2011    I am a Berliner, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2006    Full House, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Germany
Sammlung des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin, Germany
Hort Family Collection, New York, USA