mumok is showing the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the work of Austrian artist Ernst Caramelle. This exhibition includes all the phases of the artist’s work from 1974 to today. Various media and Caramelle’s conceptual approach are interlinked and illustrated in an accessible way, but without losing the work’s subtle and strategic complexity.
The exhibition is not entirely chronological, as it presents the overlaps and continuous cross-references between media works (photos, videos, reproductions of images), wall paintings, the artist’s “Gesso Pieces,” drawings, watercolors, the “light works,” and the important body of prints in Caramelle’s oeuvre. Looking at these cross-references allows us to understand the artist’s complex and rich concepts and images.
Abstraction and symbolic figuration, including expressive floral formlessness, permanently interact in Caramelle’s work, as a means of testing out and the anarchic dissolution of boundaries, and an attitude toward the fixation and ideologies of all the various -isms.
Ernst Caramelle will create a new spatial concept with wall paintings for mumok, and this will be a key part of this exhibition that is conceptually and methodologically linked with the artist’s entire oeuvre.Ernst Caramelle, Untitled (Klimt), 2011. Mixed media on wood 47 x 69,7 cm. Courtesy Philip and Alexandra Burchard Collection, Frankfurt