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Smoke signal – time signal

Worpswede, GER
20.11.2022 - 5.3.2023

Smoke signal – time signal / Rauchzeichen – Zeitzeichen
Ursula und Hans-Georg Rauch

Winter exhibition in the Worpsweder Kunsthalle
20.11.2022 untill 5.3.2023

In March 2020, the Worpswede Art Foundation Friedrich Netzel received a generous donation of 32 works by the Worpswede graphic artist Hans-Georg Rauch (1939 – 1993). The donor is his friend and collector, the Hamburg architecture journalist Horst Rasch. He looks after the estate of the artist and his wife, the ceramist Ursula Rauch (1943 – 2019).

Gratitude and respect for the work give reason to show his unique pen and ink drawings, etchings and colored pencil drawings together with works by his wife, the ceramist Ursula Rauch (1943-2019), at the Worpswede Kunsthalle.

Hans-Georg Rauch is one of the great German caricaturists and satirical draftsmen of his era. He joins the circle of great names such as Saul Steinberg, George Grosz, Paul Flora, Gustav Peichl alias Ironimus and Ronald Searl. Rauch became especially known for his critical works in the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, his Zeitzeichen, having previously worked for numerous domestic and foreign magazines and newspapers. He worked on everything that stimulated, agitated and concerned him and pointedly denounced political, economic and social grievances. In the process, his etchings and pen and ink drawings are breathtakingly meticulous and detailed. In addition to some of his well-known black-and-white works, the exhibition also presents large-format colored pencil drawings and collages.

Ceramist Ursula Rauch uses an ancient technique that has been common practice in China for centuries in her works with colored clay. She deliberately avoids glazing and thus achieves a very unique, extraordinary surface. At the same time, she has mastered the art of mixing colored clay to create those delightful textures from which so much can be gleaned. Her work shows a great attention to detail and harmonizes in a very unique way with that of her husband. She broke away from classical pottery and developed her own language of forms, in which she made breaks and contrasts visible. In addition to geometric figures, she created fabric-like structures that seem to detach themselves from their materiality. Ursula Rauch received great recognition for her highly emotional works from the nineties, in which she artistically dealt with her incurable Parkinson’s disease and created torsos of bronze and ceramics.

Ursula Rauch
Torso tied up
(c) Foto: Barbara Millies

Hans-Georg Rauch
Reversed (1988)
(c) Foto: Barbara Millies

Hans-Georg Rauch in his office
(c) Foto: Astrid Brandt

Ursula Rauch in her workshop
c) Foto: private