Ruprecht von Kaufmann. Just Before Dawn

 

22.10. – 20.11.2021

In his new series, Ruprecht von Kaufmann works primarily with black linoleum creating a link to his "black paintings" from 2004, which addressed the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.  


Installation View

 

The man in "Corrida de Toros" gazes over the edge of the abyss, oblivious to the approaching bull. The spaces in which the figures find themselves remain undefined by their darkness. Infinite possibilities and dangers seem to be hidden within them. The ignorance in regards to the surroundings becomes a threat, since the extent of the dangers, for example falling into the abyss, cannot be determined.

 

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Corrida de Toros
2021, oil and collage ( mylar ) on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Corrida de Toros
2021, oil and collage ( mylar ) on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Imprint
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
20 x 20 cm
( 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Imprint
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
20 x 20 cm
( 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Memento Mori
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
20 x 20 cm
( 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Memento Mori
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
20 x 20 cm
( 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in )

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The title "I.O.C." is a reference to a term from social sciences: "Illusion of Control". Thus the uniformed man believes himself to be in control of the massive animal that is literally breathing down his neck.

 

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – I.O.C.
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – I.O.C.
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Füße hoch
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 40 cm
( 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.900,- ( Net price EUR 4.336,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Füße hoch
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 40 cm
( 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.900,- ( Net price EUR 4.336,- ) *


Installation View

 

Blindness, looking the other way, and surrendering to an illusion of security and control are all addressed in "Die Stadt der Blinden", in which a group of figures huddles together under an oversized mask and thus willingly averts their gaze. Their individuality is extinguished and they partially blur into rough, colorless sketches. One figure is outside the group, but it remains unclear whether he is drawn into the bubble or whether he wants to break away from it.

 

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Die Stadt der Blinden
2021, oil and collage ( mylar ) on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

EUR 19.500,- ( Net price EUR 17.256,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Die Stadt der Blinden
2021, oil and collage ( mylar ) on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

EUR 19.500,- ( Net price EUR 17.256,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Remnants
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
40 x 30 cm
( 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

EUR 4.900,- ( Net price EUR 4.336,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Remnants
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
40 x 30 cm
( 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

EUR 4.900,- ( Net price EUR 4.336,- ) *

 

The darkness exposes the figures to comprehensive disorientation, which is reflected in "Ich folge Dir, Du folgst mir", where two uniformed figures seem to march blindly across the threshold on the circus platform. They follow each other and thus move not only in circles but also on the brink of the abyss.

 

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Ich folge Dir, Du folgst mir
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Ich folge Dir, Du folgst mir
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
123 x 153 cm
( 48 1/2 x 60 1/4 in )

sold

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Taupunkt
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
40 x 30 cm
( 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Taupunkt
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
40 x 30 cm
( 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Kreiseln
2020, oil on linoleum on wood
99 x 89 cm
( 39 x 35 in )

EUR 13.400,- ( Net price EUR 11.858,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Kreiseln
2020, oil on linoleum on wood
99 x 89 cm
( 39 x 35 in )

EUR 13.400,- ( Net price EUR 11.858,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Weißes Hemd
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

EUR 4.300,- ( Net price EUR 3.805,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Weißes Hemd
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

EUR 4.300,- ( Net price EUR 3.805,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Weißer Rabe
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Weißer Rabe
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Areas in the paintings, which were created by carving the painting ground with a linoleum knife and then filling them with white paint, a " non-color " as the artist sometimes calls it, are even more clearly defined as vacant areas due to the strong contrast. White and black set the tone of the artworks. They seem to stand for the raw and unfiltered emotions that have affected the artist during the pandemic.

 

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – In der Schwebe
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 40 cm
( 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – In der Schwebe
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 40 cm
( 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in )

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Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Packeis
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

EUR 4.300,- ( Net price EUR 3.805,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann – Packeis
2021, oil on linoleum on wood
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

EUR 4.300,- ( Net price EUR 3.805,- ) *

Ruprecht von Kaufmann was born in 1974 in Munich and studied painting and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Today he lives and works in Berlin. In December 2020, a new monograph was published by Distanz Verlag with the title "Ruprecht von Kaufmann. Leben zwischen den Stühlen". Previous group exhibtions include Feelings– Kunst und Emotion, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, DE, 2019; Metafysica, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg, NO, 2018; New Black Romanticism, National Museum of Art, Bukarest, RO, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE u.a., 2017/2018; Earlier solo exhibitions include: Inside the Outside, United Nations Headquarters, New York, US, Museen Böttcherstraße, Bremen, DE, Gutshaus Steglitz, Berlin, DE 2020/2021; Die Evakuierung des Himmels, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, DE, 2018. Ruprecht von Kaufmann is represented in collections including: Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, DE; Kunstsammlung des deutschen Bundestages ( Art Collection of the German Bundestag ), DE; Sammlung Deutsche Bundesbank ( Collection of the German Bundebank ), Frankfurt, DE; AmC Collezione Coppola, Vicenza, IT; Ole Faarup Collection, Copenhagen, DK; Sammlung Hildebrand, Leipzig, DE.

 

An interview with the artist about the exhibition can be found here.

 

You can find more information about Ruprecht von Kaufmann here.

Exhibition text: click here.


From 22nd Oct to 20th Nov 2021 we are showing Ruprecht von Kaufmann for the third time in an exhibition.

In his new series, Ruprecht von Kaufmann works primarily with black linoleum creating a link to his "black paintings" from 2004, which addressed the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Areas created by carving the painting ground with a linoleum knife and then filling them with white paint, a " non-color " as the artist sometimes calls it, are even more clearly defined as vacant areas due to the strong contrast. White and black set the tone of the artworks. They seem to stand for the raw and unfiltered emotions that have affected the artist over the past year during the pandemic. In these works, Ruprecht von Kaufmann confronts us with feelings of fear and helplessness. By giving them a physical form, he tries to banish them. A recurring theme is an inconclusive action that finds no footing and ends in resignation.

And so a man in "I.O.C." uniform sits confidently and casually on a tilted armchair. The only thing keeping him from falling over is a rhinoceros standing behind him. The vacant areas at the top of the painting are reminiscent of wordless speech bubbles and fall into the scene much like a slipped Super-8 film. The title "I.O.C." is a reference to a term from social sciences: "Illusion of Control". Thus the uniformed man believes himself to be in control of the massive animal that is literally breathing down his neck. Similarly, in "Corrida de Toros" another man gazes over the edge of the abyss, oblivious to the approaching bull. The spaces in which the figures find themselves remain undefined by their darkness. Infinite possibilities and dangers seem to be hidden within them. The ignorance in regards to the surroundings becomes a threat, since the extent of the dangers, for example falling into the abyss, cannot be determined. In addition, the darkness exposes the figures to comprehensive disorientation, which is reflected in "Ich folge Dir, Du folgst mir", where two uniformed figures seem to march blindly across the threshold on the circus platform. They follow each other and thus move not only in circles, but also on the brink of the abyss.

Blindness, looking the other way, and surrendering to an illusion of security and control are all addressed in "Die Stadt der Blinden", in which a group of figures huddles together under an oversized mask and thus willingly averts their gaze. Their individuality is extinguished and they partially blur into rough, colorless sketches. One figure is outside the group, but it remains unclear whether he is drawn into the bubble or whether he wants to break away from it. In these works, Ruprecht von Kaufmann tackles socio-critical themes that have become increasingly acute, especially in the last year, and reflects them in his works.

Ruprecht von Kaufmann was born in 1974 in Munich and studied painting and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Today he lives and works in Berlin. In December 2020, a new monograph was published by Distanz Verlag with the title "Ruprecht von Kaufmann. Leben zwischen den Stühlen". Previous group exhibtions include Feelings– Kunst und Emotion, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, DE, 2019; Metafysica, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg, NO, 2018; New Black Romanticism, National Museum of Art, Bukarest, RO, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE u.a., 2017/2018; Earlier solo exhibitions include Inside the Outside, United Nations Headquarters, New York, US, Museen Böttcherstraße, Bremen, DE, Gutshaus Steglitz, Berlin, DE 2020/2021; Die Evakuierung des Himmels, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, DE, 2018. Ruprecht von Kaufmann is represented in collections including: Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, DE; Kunstsammlung des deutschen Bundestages ( Art Collection of the German Bundestag ), DE; Sammlung Deutsche Bundesbank ( Collection of the German Bundebank ), Frankfurt, DE; AmC Collezione Coppola, Vicenza, IT; Ole Faarup Collection, Copenhagen, DK; Sammlung Hildebrand, Leipzig, DE.

 

Ruprecht von Kaufmann in his studio, Photo: Peter Adamik
Ruprecht von Kaufmann in his studio
Photo: Peter Adamik

  

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