“Painting invents, photography discovers” is one popular way of distinguishing between the two media. The categories reflect the conviction that photography is authentic, while paintings seem to deliberately play with illusion and reality. And yet, both arts offer us a glimpse of a strange, unfathomable world.
In his “dream worlds”, Freddy Langer, cultural editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and a passionate photographer, opened a dialogue between Neo Rauch’s paintings and photographs showing worlds no less enigmatic than those in Rauch’s large painted phantasmagorias. Examples for the photographic works juxtaposed to Rauch’s paintings included Roger Ballen, André Gelpke, Ralph Gibson, Duane Michals, Vera Lehndorff / Holger Trülzsch, and Arthur Tress, both from the HGN Collection and from private lenders.