VON WULFFEN, Amelie; KNOLL, Valerie (ed.)
Amelie von Wulffen: Austellung / Exhibitions 2018-22
It is precisely by stylising her work to the point of artifice, von Wulffen saves it from lapsing into any form of confessional or ‘authentic’ painting. For all that the subtexts of her works are permeated by personal experience, her sujects and installations achieve a kind of transcendent authority. Death pervades many of her image worlds, and opens up a route to those of her works dealing with childhood. In this process, the material that connects the two is Kot – a German term which might best be translated as ‘excrement’.
This monograph focuses on recent paintings and installations by Amelie von Wulffen – at the core of which lies the relationship between autonomy and heritage, the unconscious and the conscious, the carrying along of trauma or guilt, as well as hidden longings, fantasies or the disclosure of shame. Exhibitions at Reena Spauling Fine Art, New York, Gió Marconi, Milano, Kunsthalle Bern, KW, Berlin, and even suiper recent ones at Établissement d'en face, Brussels, and Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien, are documented. The book also comprises new essays on vW’s work by Helmut Draxler and Tonio Kröger, and an introduction by Valerie Knoll, curator of the exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern in 2019.