Vienna

View of “Mathis Altmann, Bonnie Camplin, Salvo, Lucie Stahl, Amelie von Wulffen,” 2018. From left: Bonnie Camplin, Cerne Abbas Giant!, 2018; Amelie von Wulffen, Untitled, 2014. Photo: Marcel Koehler.

Mathis Altmann, Bonnie Camplin, Salvo, Lucie Stahl, Amelie von Wulffen

Galerie Meyer Kainer

View of “Mathis Altmann, Bonnie Camplin, Salvo, Lucie Stahl, Amelie von Wulffen,” 2018. From left: Bonnie Camplin, Cerne Abbas Giant!, 2018; Amelie von Wulffen, Untitled, 2014. Photo: Marcel Koehler.

Arguing against reductive reason, the German Jewish art historian, poet, and anti-fascist of the interwar period Carl Einstein wrote,<span class=“Apple-converted-space”>  </span>“Every structuring is a complex function.” Whether that structuring takes the form of a city or a group show, his statement (included in the press release to this exhibition) continues to ring true. Since 2009, as part of the “Curated by” initiative, Viennese galleries have invited guest curators to mount exhibitions under a given theme—last year’s was the somewhat unwieldy “Viennaline.” In response, Melanie Ohnemus assembled an international five-artist lineup as eclectic as the Austrian capital itself.

In the text accompanying her display, Ohnemus cited Einstein as a riposte to congealing and streamlining identities, advocating instead for using such structures to enable internal difference, uncertainty

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