Exhibition: Caspar Walter Rauh - Rediscovering a German Surrealist

Rauh (1912-1983) was a German graphic artist, illustrator and painter working in the tradition of Fantastic Realism and Surrealism. Despite the huge initial success of his drawings and engravings after World War II, inspired by traumatic experiences as a soldier in Russia, public interest in his works declined as Germany turned its back on the war.  He became an outsider who was ignored by mainstream art.  It is only in recent years that Rauh’s work has been rediscovered with its Bosch-like testimony to the cruelties of the war.  This exhibition displays some of his finest engravings, mostly created after 1960 – technically brilliant phantasmagorias reminiscent of earlier traumas but increasingly revealing the artist’s whimsical sense of humour and his inclination towards the idyllic and bizarre. Dream-like images, oscillating between barbaric violence and fairy-tale fantasies, reflect the complexity of a highly original artist.

The exhibition has been organised and sponsored by the UCC Library, the Department of German at UCC, and Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa (NUIG) curated by Crónán Ó Doibhlin and Gert Hofmann. The exhibition continues until 23 December 2016.

Last updated: 19 October 2016