140610: Kunsthalle Tübingen Karin Kneffel 1990 – 2010

Kunsthalle Tübingen Karin Kneffel 1990 – 2010 01.05.10 – 11.07.10 Brainteaser on canvas In the mid-90’s, the opulence of those large-format works made one’s eyes pop out: cherries hanging seductively from branches, velvety lustrous peaches - and one was tempted to reach out for prunes, apples or grapes. And small square-shaped animal portraits, almost physiognomic studies. There were groups of distant views of snowy mountaintops and close-ups of blazing fires, and later there were floors with and without carpets, and at some point one had the feeling that Karin Kneffel’s work has become somewhat flat or platitudinal. Currently, the Kunsthalle Tübingen is presenting Kneffel’s works from 1990 to 2010, and it becomes clear that her work is anything but banal. In an interview published in the exhibition catalogue (Hatje Cantz) the former master scholar of Gerhard Richter said: “No, I have not doubts regarding sensuality; of the reality of a sensuous appearance. I create pictorial spaces. And in these spaces I have to solve everything. My work always deals with the inherent distance to reality. I want to depict reality, distance in the artistic presentation, and ultimately use it to transform. Everything within the painting must be reasonable.” And it is this reasonableness that places obstacles in the way of perception. The free view onto an artistic interior is disturbed by drops of water on a windowpane, which transform themselves into abstract spots on a realistic painting, a Dalmatian’s mirror image on a shiny floor glances attentively from the canvas, while the animal is comfortably lying on the floor. Among the paintings, the majority of which are devoid of any people, a small eight-part work created in 2005 catches one’s eye. Maybe the depiction of the Homo sapiens is below the artist’s usual technical abilities, but the coming and going of the people wading through the water transforms itself wonderfully into a kind of loop on canvas. Alone this makes it worthwhile to take a look at the rest of her not at all commonplace oeuvre. By Daniela Gregori Kunsthalle Tübingen 72076 Tübingen, Philosphenweg 76 Tel: +49 (0) 7071 / 96 910 Fax: +49 (0) 7071 /96 91 33 email: kunsthalle@tuebingen.de http://www.kunsthalle-tuebingen.de Opening hours: Wed – Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tue 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Tel: +49 (0)7071 / 96 910, Fax: +49 (0)7071 / 96 91 33
Email: kunsthalle@tuebingen.de
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