The Museum of Modern Art Carinthia is presenting an exhibition that showcases two outstanding Austrian positions in contemporary painting. Both belong to the same generation, both were born in Klagenfurt, Suse Krawagna in 1964 and Franco Kappl in 1962, respectively. In the 1980s, they both studied with Professor Arnulf Rainer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and then, from 1988, at the Royal College of Art in London. Today both artists live and work in Vienna and occasionally in Carinthia.
As regards their art, both painters operate in the abstract field. The works of Suse Krawagna, employing a reductive, minimalist language, are inspired by visual phenomena from the objective world, by impressions gained from a real-world counterpart that, isolated on the terrain of the canvas and serially developed into abstract compositions, become autonomous painterly works. Franco Kappl’s paintings are situated in the gestural abstract field that, without any connection to concrete things, is a priori guided by strictly artistic categories. The results – that are absolutely characterised by their uniqueness and differ greatly from each other on the formal-aesthetic level – nevertheless see these two different artistic approaches meet again on the level of content, in testing out the manifold painterly possibilities of colour and form and exploring the relationship between figure and ground as well as picture plane and space in different strategies of constancy and variation.
The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive overview of both Carinthian artists’ oeuvre, as well as to clearly present the individual positions in their own right as regards their characteristics and specifics and to emphasise them as they face the different in the vis-à-vis.