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Ernst Trawöger

Galerie Krinzinger

From Franz Egger-Lienz to Walter Pichler, the art that has emerged from the Tirol has been stolid and massive, groaning under the weight of its Alpine landscape. But “Das arme Land Tirol” (poor Tirol), as Franz Marc referred to it, has recently undergone enormous changes and has begun to make its own significant contributions to Modern art. There is now a counter movement that aims to eliminate all materiality, a new art that moves with agility, and sets wit and spirit free. At the forefront of this movement is Heinz Gappmayr, who has developed a sensitive, highly personal Lettrismus (calligraphy) derived from concrete poetry. He is followed by Ernst Caramelle, whose reductive art of signs and symbols has been marked since the very early ’70s by a lively sensuality that stimulates the imagination and spreads fruitful unrest. Caramelle’s large-scale installation in the Basel Kunsthalle in

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