Finding a Cryptic Title



I am often asked about the title of a future exhibition, although I do not yet know what works I will be showing, or whether the exhibition needs a title at all. In the latter case, Untitled is the title of choice. It leaves all possible options open. This time, the title was found/chosen long before the exhibition. M ALLER D / F OHNE B was conceived before the works were selected and the spatial design was developed. It represents a riddle that does not need to be solved, but if you figure it out anyway, please keep the solution to yourself. That way, it stays between you and me.


This is the opposite way to approach and think about the coming exhibition. The title sets the direction, but which direction will be chosen is not yet defined, and it is not predictable. Nonetheless, the selection of works could fit the title and they could emanate a certain mysteriousness through their spatial presence. In this way, the exhibition refers to the enigmatic title, while also lending the works a cryptic foothold in the broad field of possible interpretations.


— Ernst Caramelle

Ernst Caramelle

Untitled, 2020
gesso, watercolor, acrylic on wood
40 x 59,5 cm (15 3/4 x 23 3/8 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

Untitled (Ocker Zig Zag), 1987
sun on paper
40 x 30 cm (15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

O.T. (actual size), 2021
model cardboard, tape, pencil, watercolor, ink, wood, 4 photocopies
42,4 x 30 x 12,5 cm (16 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 5 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

Untitled, 2021
model cardboard, tape, pencil, watercolor
42,4 x 30 x 12,5 cm (16 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 5 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

Zeichnung, begleitet von der eigenen Abbildung, 2007
india ink, watercolor on paper
21,5 x 27,5 cm (8 1/2 x 10 6/8 in.)
framed 48 x 54,5 cm (18 7/8 x 21 7/16 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

Orange Zig Zag, 1987-2018
sun on paper
45,5 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

2 Houses, 1983
sun on paper
29 x 39 cm (11 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

Untitled (Blue Zig Zag), 2018
sun on paper
23 x 30,5 cm (9 x 12 in.)

Ernst Caramelle

Untitled (Red Zig Zag), 1987
sun on paper
45 x 61 cm (17 3/4 x 24 in.)

© Photo: Markus Wörgötter

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