Galerie Eva Presenhuber is pleased to announce Karen Kilimnik’s first solo exhibition in Vienna in over a decade. Kilimnik was previously the subject of solo exhibitions in Vienna at the Belvedere in 2010, Intervention organized by Agnes Husslein-Arco, and Galerie Ballgasse in 1992.
At Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna, Kilimnik presents a selection of her most recent works on canvas and paper. Detailed, finely-worked architectural drawings from 2020 are on view alongside oil paintings created between 2020 and 2022. Together they illuminate the scope and complexity of Kilimnik’s thematic world. For more than 40 years, Kilimnik has navigated an inexhaustible cosmos influenced by the traditions of Romantic painting, architecture, and landscape painting. Her work gives equal weight to a broad array of subject matter, finding inspiration in such diverse sources as Old Master paintings and television programs, fairy tales, films, literature, magazines, advertising, and store window displays.
Her oeuvre explores themes of mythology and femininity, history and fiction.The detailed architectural drawings are reminiscent of the ambitious landscape depictions and architectural drawings made by artists and sightseers during the Grand Tour.