One of the current young megastars on the art scene, Neo Rauch paints pictures in which recollections of Socialist Realism and comics are detectable. Yet he also employs devices familiar from Surrealism to evoke apparently impossible spatial relationships, and tell stories that frequently and purposely lead us astray. In the end, everything merely – or perhaps fortunately? – boils down to sheer painting. Verbal references play a key role in Rauch’s work. Here it is the word wund, the German for sore or wounded. Or might the artist simply have dropped the last two letters in Wunder – wonder or miracle?