Ernst Caramelle; Yuji Takeoka

Japan Foundation

Present-day art runs enormous risks that are difficult to gauge when it leaves its predestined, indifferent “white cell” and is presented in spaces whose meaning is already historically determined. A broad sampling of such situations was offered by two recent group exhibitions—“Chambre d’Amis,” Gent, 1986, and “Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987”—and explored again somewhat differently in this two-person show. Ernst Caramelle and Yuji Takeoka chose a location that is public but not usually available for exhibitions. By taking over both floors of the Japan Foundation and showing a variety of works in different areas of the building, they created a dialogue that reached across space and directly reflected the meaning of the environment occupied by those works.

Takeoka’s Lectern, 1987, a closed, rectangular boxlike object of pale yellow wood with a slightly tilted upper surface, was placed upon

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