The RAAB gallery
Raab Gallery was founded in former West-Berlin in 1978. For 23 years working in a Bauhaus building at Potsdamer Brücke with five meter high walls, it soon became famous for showing huge works by young Berlin artists like Elvira Bach, Rainer Fetting, Markus Lüpertz and K.h Hödicke.
At the time it as well proofed to be a meeting point for emerging internantional artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Ernesto Tatafiore from Italy, Michel Alberola and Gerard Garouste from France, Donald Sultan and Chuck Close from the United States or Christopher le Brun from Great Britian, to name a few.
After the wall went down Raab Galerie extended its Portfolio with an Artist from east germany: Hubertus Giebe, former master student of Bernard Heisig and lecturer at Kunstakademie Dresden.
Street Art became an important issue for the last ten years, starting with by now internationaly well known berlin based Artist EL Bocho. While artists like Harald Klemm and Thomas Baumgärtel from Cologne close a gap between classical forms of artistic representation and new techniques with their stencil sprayed cavases, Raab Galerie also shows SKENAR73, a true graffiti writer.
Since the gallery always strives to encurage new tendencies, plenty of group exhibitions have shown that street art and graffiti found their well deserved place in the canon of high quality contemporary art.
Raab Gallery remains young and international to the day, with artists from Austria like Nina Maron and the sculpturer Martin Krammer as well as the next generation of Pop Artists such as Nuno Raminhos (Portugal), Ewen Gur (France) or Phillip Wolf (Spain).
These western artists get complimented by South Korean Seoul based star artist Mari Kim, who shows that east asian art means in no way an opposition to western aesthetics but rather inspirational exchange.
a modern figurative artist, needs a subject or object to paint. Thus
for many years Torsten Schlüter travels, to find new images or
to observe situations that are tempting to create drawings and
paintings. He is always accompanied by his scetchbook, Whether he is
at the small Baltic island of Hiddensee or in India. For more
than 100 years the island of Hiddensee is famous for its artistic
colony and discourse among musicians, visual artists, architects and
actors with scientists from all fields. Brücke artists Otto
Müller and Ernst Heckel visit before the first world war,
Alexander Kanoldt does lithographs of the landscape in 1927 in his
Neue Sachlichkeit style where he develops a multi perspective
architecture of landscapes and objects, Eckart Muthesius visitors
there are the Maharadscha and the Maharani of Indore. For the young
Berliner Torsten Schlüter the memory of these people offers wide
fields of inspiration about contemporary art and ideas already in the
80ies, especially in the former GDR. The
spirit on the island is as well helpful, there is not the same
restriction than in East
Berlin, those empty promises and pompuous gestures of the ruling
class are far away and the young rebel gets some space to breathe.
the wall came down, for more than 30 years now, Torsten
Schlüter travels regularly to India's South- West Coast.
Wherever he is, he is always accompanied by his good old Royal
Enfield and his scetchbook. Main themes of his works are scenes in
front of his hut, his focus is upon Indian culture and way of life,
he likes to plunge into it. It all starts with colours and moments of
arcaic every day life. Small streets, market places, the invironment
of temples, fields, the seemingly chaotic traffic draw him into his
This is how he describes
it himself: " It is where the "real", "normal"
Indian life takes place, ( I am rather talking of huts than of
palaces) in all its facets of stoical composure, simplicity, even
poverty, exploitation, but as well zest for life and many other
values that are not easily approachable.
While I am drawing I feel
a bit to be close to "Zille"....
After thirty years of
travel in India the country is not strange to me anymore, but in a
way self- evident. Which is as well true when it comes to
undiscribable contradictions, problems of society, as well as grace
and tragedy, whether it be pretended or real.
To me as a painter and
drawer in the end it is all about the successful drawing, no matter
where it is born. And only in the atelier in Berlin will be proven
its value. Everything that is created in India is stored away and
will only be unpacked after the return to Berlin. With a distance of
time and region.
In a similar way to
Hiddensee, India is an open atelier to me, I am connected to the
country and its people, maybe a kind of third "at home". "
These different homes of
an artistic life are by now melting into each other. Because of his
painterly talent Torsten Schlüter is able to create a
contemporary universal language that connects most contradictory
happenings, postures, states of mind and destiny. Since his study at
the Bauhaus Academy in Weimar he is true to the Bauhaus idea of
cosmopolitan acting and working. He has pursued this attidude with
great painterly talent over many decades and does not get tired to
add new aspects of life to his works. He is a painter obsessed about
expressing movement in his works, to make them lively and in doing so
he is a master.