Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
almost untitled
SAMSTAG 17 NOV 2018 | 14 UHR
EXHIBITION: 18 NOV 2018 – 12 JAN 2019
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Grünangergasse 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria



SITE (with ghost), 2017, Tusche, Aquarell auf Papier, 23 x 30,9 cm


ERNST CARAMELLE almost untitled November 17, 2018, to January 12, 2019
Of all the artists at Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Ernst Caramelle has been with us the longest. After he initiated the group exhibition Multiples in 1978, he had his first solo show in the gallery in 1979. We are pleased to present his eighth and latest solo exhibition almost untitled.
There is far more behind almost untitled than the title suggests. The exhibition plays with a multitude of references, while providing insight into the ambiguity of the phenomenon of the visible. Since his early exhibitions in the mid-1970s, Caramelle has been scrutinizing reality and the conditions of art. He explores the production, reproduction, and perception of art as well as the contexts of its reception.
The exhibition traces an ark from Caramelle’s early works to his current production. Included is a four-part piece that was originally shown in his first solo exhibition in 1979. Not only has it been integrated in the form of a photograph into a gesso work from 1987, which is also being shown, it can also be found in a showcase in one of the photographs documenting Caramelle’s exhibition from 1979. Another early work is the multipartite “Unverkäuflich” (Not for Sale) from 1976, which in a way established the program for Caramelle’s ambiguous works, while also commenting on the art market. This series of sheets of paper makes the contradictory claim: “This work in thirteen parts is called ‘Not for Sale,’ but it can be bought nonetheless.” “Minimal Art” is the title of another, corresponding two-part work from 1987, while a light work from 2011 in turn refers to a watercolor from the same year. Several works on paper and watercolors that span from 2011 to 2017 bring us up to date with the present and are each a precious gem, seemingly made with an “ultraleichte Geste” (Extremely Delicate Gesture), as one of the ironic titles states.
In another glass cabinet – cabinets are a further intimate space for Caramelle’s artistic investigation – preliminary studies for potential gesso works are presented, including a work on paper with the title “Zeit + Raum” (Time + Space) from 2011, which anticipates later works that focus on temporal and spatial visibilities.
A small drawing “R. auf kleiner G.fläche” (R. on a S. Base), 1997, which stands for “Retrospective on a Small Base,” forms another connection by referring not only to Caramelle’s first exhibition in our gallery, but also to his upcoming retrospective exhibition Ein Résumé, curated by Sabine Folie, which will open in the MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna on November 29, 2018, and will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.
Ernst Caramelle was born in Hall in Tyrol in 1952. He lives and works in Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, and New York City. He participated in the Biennale Sydney in 1990 and documenta IX in Kassel in 1992.
Selected solo exhibitions: 2018 Marta Herford, Herford; 2017 Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz; 2016 Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht; 2012 Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; 2010 Bloomberg Space, London; 2008 Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; 2006 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; 2005 Museu Serralves, Porto; 2001 BAWAG Foundation, Vienna; 1998 Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn; 1993 Secession, Vienna; 1993 Portikus, Frankfurt; 1990 Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld; 1990 Nationalgalerie, Berlin; 1989 Musée départemental de Rochechouart, Rochechouart; 1986 Kunsthalle Bern; 1982 Kunsthalle Basel; 1981 Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt.
Selected museum collections: Albertina, Vienna; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; FRAC Limousin, Limoges; Generali Foundation, Salzburg; Krefelder Kunstmuseum, Krefeld; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz; MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum, New York




Ernst Caramelle ist jener Künstler, der die Galerie nächst St. Stephan am längsten begleitet. Nach der von ihm initiierten Gemeinschaftsausstellung “Multiples” im Jahr 1978, fand 1979 seine erste Einzelausstellung statt. Wir freuen uns nun auf “almost untitled”, seine achte Einzelausstellung.
Die Ausstellung “almost untitled” ist beredter als es der Titel vorgibt, stellt sie doch eine Vielzahl an Bezügen her und gibt Auskunft über die Doppelbödigkeit des Phänomens des Sichtbaren. Die Befragung von Realität sowie die Bedingungen von Kunst sind für Ernst Caramelle die Themen, die er seit seinen ersten Ausstellungen Mitte der 1970er Jahre bearbeitet. Dabei untersucht er Produktion und Reproduktion, Wahrnehmung von Kunst und den Kontext der Kunstrezeption. Unsere Ausstellung spannt einen Bogen von frühen Arbeiten bis in die Gegenwart.


Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Grünangergasse 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria


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