An Exhibition of Paintings by WILHELM NEUSSER
The exhibition ‘ELSEWHERE provincial perspectives’ puts the periphery center stage and invites a view behind the scenes of lustrous cultural representation. In thirteen large-format paintings in sober contrast to the Goethe-Institut Boston’s opulent décor, Cambridge-based painter Wilhelm Neusser celebrates the melancholic beauty of the so-called province.
Opening reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8 pm
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am - 3 pm or by appointment
Berlin’s the place to be, no question! Poor, but sexy, like the slogan says. Here, it’s all about global politics and cutting-edge culture. Berlin attracts those who want to feel the pulse of the times. An avant-garde busily fights for a bright future.
Province is always ‘elsewhere,’ far away from the capital. Here, buses run less frequently, doctors practice in the next largest town, and the local library is the village’s center of attraction.
While the big city never sleeps, the province is thought to be always sleepy, depressed and left behind. If you want to make it bigtime, you move to Berlin. But if you’ve made it there, you might choose to live in the country. Pitied as the long – time home of the locals, the newcomers praise their adopted rural surroundings as idyllic. Whether as origin or as refuge - ‘elsewhere’ defines us.
The exhibition ‘ELSEWHERE provincial perspectives’ puts the periphery center stage, questioning prevailing perceptions of the province. Thirteen large-format paintings made specifically for the Goethe-Institut Boston open up perspectives on a landscape whose spectacular quality is their melancholy. In sober contrast to the opulent Chippendale décor, the paintings celebrate the unique character of areas that appear on every map, yet are rarely the focus of our attention.
© Studio Wilhelm Neusser
Born in Cologne, Germany, Wilhelm Neusser
studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe with Professors Gerd van Dülmen und Harald Klingelhöller. Neusser’s work has been widely exhibited and he has received numerous awards and fellowships. Until his relocation to the United States in 2011, he lived and worked in Cologne. He now lives and works in Cambridge, MA.