until 18.04. | #2393ARTatBerlin | Crone Berlin shows from 16th March 2019 the exhibition Es ist eh schon alles da (> Everything’s already there anyway) by the artist Carola Dertnig.
We are very pleased to be able to invite you to the opening of the first solo exhibition in our gallery in Berlin-Charlottenburg of the Austrian artist Carola Dertnig. Under the title “Es ist eh schon alles da” (“Everything’s already there anyway”), we will be exhibiting photographic, video and text-based works in which Dertnig reveals to us “the deliberate randomness of things” – the things that surround us, or rather the things that we surround ourselves with.
The theme is already set in the video piece that gives the exhibition its name: Three girls are sitting in a perfectly arranged living room. The gleaming white of the furniture and the bright sunlight make the room look like a digitally reworked advertising shot. We find ourselves in the former studio of the legendary Viennese artist Otto Wagner (1841 – 1918). The present owner has filled the round, dome-shaped room with a huge range of different furniture and design classics, and she lives in the midst of these as if it were quite normal. Here of all places, the three representatives of the new Millennial generation now meet up and embark on a journey of material self-discovery. They move around in the bizarrely stylish setting, typing on their tablets and mobile phones, posting and performing. “Between YouTube and Instagram, between imitation and laying claim to our own lifestyle”, as Claudia Slanar explains, Dertnig sketches out the reality of our lives, between analogue and digital materiality, between gaining approval and self-fulfilment.
The second body of works also plays with this experience, although this time from the point of view of an earlier generation. In a series of around 25 photographs, Dertnig has captured various extravagant items of clothing which belonged to her mother. Sober, matter-of-fact, reduced to the essential, they become silent, visual eyewitnesses to the self-definition of a fashion-conscious club owner of the seventies and eighties, and to her plans for her life.
Carola Dertnig was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1963. She was a student of both the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since 2006, she has been head of the Faculty of Performing Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and in 2008 she spent time as a guest professor at the CAL ARTS in Los Angeles. Her book “Let’s twist again. If you can’t think it, dance it” was published in 2006 – an examination of the history of performance in Vienna. Dertnig’s works have been shown in countless international exhibitions in New York, Vienna, Paris and Moscow. In 2004, she had a solo exhibition dedicated to her work at the Vienna Secession.
Vernissage: Friday, 15th March 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 16. March to Thursday, 18th April 2019Zur Galerie Crone
Image caption: Courtesy of Crone Berlin – Carola Dertnig
Exhibition Carola Dertnig – Crone Berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitons Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin