Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

 

Karen Kilimnik
February 7–March 8, 2014
Berlin

Over the past two decades, Karen Kilimnik has become known for her playful treatment of nostalgia, combining a love for stories, costumes and magic to create highly theatrical yet intimate exhibitions. Using a wide range of media, including installation, drawing and photography, and not least her distinctive paintings, she orchestrates a range of references, from scraps of nature to the trappings of European aristocracy. In her exhibition in Berlin, adapted and expanded from her show organized by Le Consortium, Dijon, for the vineyard L’Académie Conti in Burgundy, Kilimnik will exhibit a body of work that juxtaposes images of wealth and war, fairytales and femininity.

 

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The core of the exhibition is a group of new still life photographs, many set in a leafy, bucolic landscape. The mood of the show is established in A summers day picnic, where a small picnic of tea and biscuits is laid out on a small patchwork towel, as ornamental as it is nourishing. Here we find some of the key motifs in this body of work: an artificial bird, a large silver vase filled with flowers, cheap, everyday food and cosmetic jewelry all occupy the same ritualistic space. The picnic itself is at once casual and elaborate, its ersatz pageantry suggesting that a group of children were acting out a fairytale of their own devising. The mix of childishness and magic continues into The golden coins in the forest, where two blue tits appear excited about their find. In Fox with winter cache of food in the winter cave fox den, a jewel-bedecked fox looks over his snowy smorgasbord of schnitzel, cake and a cherry-topped sundae. Kilimnik deploys small toys to create tableaux that invoke stories, yet the viewer is in the position of trying to come up with tales that might match the pictures. The mood alters in Runway in field french countryside 1943, french resistance, where a WWII - era Lysander lands on a runway lit by mini bonfires. This mysterious ritual, at once childish and sinister, triggers a new range of ideas about the nature of the toys and their origin, or perhaps a darker history of the land upon which the rituals are enacted.

The toy planes that Kilimnik uses in the photographs will also be exhibited. The model Spitfires and Lancaster bombers, encrusted in jewels and placed on plinths, become decorative objects, useless even as toys or models. The rituals and tableaux depicted in the photographs might be taking place in the grounds of an aristocratic chateau or in the forests of Burgundy, alongside some of the most famous and prestigious vineyards in the world.

Kilimnik collects objects and images of fantasy, privilege and power, and transforms them with deft acts of decoration, a gesture that is both playful and iconoclastic. Images of wealth, artificiality and magic all occupy the same theatrical space, emphasizing how structures of authority can be undermined – or bolstered – by the wide-eyed innocence of a fairytale.

 

Installation Views
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

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Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, February 7–March 8, 2014
Photo: Timo Ohler

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Exhibited Works
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Perfume, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Perfume, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Villeroy&Boch, 1748, French garden orangerie trellis, plum Fleurence, porcelaine plate, 2013
More Views

Karen Kilimnik
Villeroy&Boch, 1748, French garden orangerie trellis, plum Fleurence, porcelaine plate, 2013
Watersoluble oil colour on canvas
25.4 Durchmesser
10 inches diameter

More Views
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2013
Watersoluble oil colour on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Ivy scent, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Ivy scent, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Runway in field french countryside 1943, french resistance, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Runway in field french countryside 1943, french resistance, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
SOE pickup, France, 1942, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
SOE pickup, France, 1942, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 36.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 3/8 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
A summer´s day picnic, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
A summer´s day picnic, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Fox with winter cache of food in the winter cave fox den, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Fox with winter cache of food in the winter cave fox den, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Soaps and cleanliness, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Soaps and cleanliness, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Summer camp, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Summer camp, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
France, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
France, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Lysander France 1942, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Lysander France 1942, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
29.5 × 39. 4 cm (paper size)
10 1/2 × 14 inches
11 5/8 × 15 1/2 inches (paper size)
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
The golden coins in the forest, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
The golden coins in the forest, 2013
C-print
38.1 × 50.8 cm
11 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Lysander in France 1942, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Lysander in France 1942, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Lysander in field France 1943, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Lysander in field France 1943, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
The picnic flowers, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
The picnic flowers, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Perfumes and flowers, 2013

Karen Kilimnik
Perfumes and flowers, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
The Red Army Russian tank arriving in Berlin, encrusted in mud + Faberge jewels, 2014
More Views

Karen Kilimnik
The Red Army Russian tank arriving in Berlin, encrusted in mud + Faberge jewels, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
16.5 × 9.5 × 7.3 cm
6 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 2 7/8 inches

More Views
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
the battle of Hürtgen forest, a beetle, winter 1944, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
the battle of Hürtgen forest, a beetle, winter 1944, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
14 × 5.7 × 5.1 cm
5 1/2 × 2 1/4 × 2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Panzer tank, Christmas Eve, 1944, the Ardennes, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Panzer tank, Christmas Eve, 1944, the Ardennes, 2014
Plastic armored car, gems, archival glue, plexiglas
8.9 × 3.8 × 4.4 cm (car)
14.3 × 7.3 × 7 cm (vitrine)
3 1/2 × 1 1/2 × 13/4 inches (car)
5 5/8 × 2 7/8 × 2 3/4 inches (vitrine)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
messerschmitt 109 dragonfly, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
messerschmitt 109 dragonfly, 2014
Metal plane, gems and archival glue
7.6 × 9.5 × 3.2 cm
3 × 3 3/4 × 1 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
scarab, Panzer Tiger tank, Czechoslovakia, 1938, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
scarab, Panzer Tiger tank, Czechoslovakia, 1938, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
14 × 6 × 4.1 cm
5 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
Tivoli Garden Russian tank, 1941, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
Tivoli Garden Russian tank, 1941, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
18.1 × 8.3 × 7 cm
7 1/8 × 3 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
German state railroad express locomotive, glowworm, Upper Silesia + Bohemia, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
German state railroad express locomotive, glowworm, Upper Silesia + Bohemia, 2014
Metal train, gems an archival glue
14.3 × 2.2 × 3.2 cm
5 5/8 × 7/8 × 1 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik
spitfire dragonfly, 2014

Karen Kilimnik
spitfire dragonfly, 2014
Metal plane, gems and archival glue
7.9 × 9.8 × 3.2 cm
3 1/8 × 3 7/8 × 1 1/4 inches

Details
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Perfume, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Villeroy&Boch, 1748, French garden orangerie trellis, plum Fleurence, porcelaine plate, 2013
Watersoluble oil colour on canvas
25.4 Durchmesser
10 inches diameter

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Villeroy&Boch, 1748, French garden orangerie trellis, plum Fleurence, porcelaine plate, 2013 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Untitled, 2013
Watersoluble oil colour on canvas
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Ivy scent, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Runway in field french countryside 1943, french resistance, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
SOE pickup, France, 1942, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 36.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 3/8 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
A summer´s day picnic, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Fox with winter cache of food in the winter cave fox den, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Soaps and cleanliness, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Summer camp, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
France, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Lysander France 1942, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
29.5 × 39. 4 cm (paper size)
10 1/2 × 14 inches
11 5/8 × 15 1/2 inches (paper size)
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
The golden coins in the forest, 2013
C-print
38.1 × 50.8 cm
11 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Lysander in France 1942, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Lysander in field France 1943, 2013
C-print
26.7 × 35.6 cm
10 1/2 × 14 inches
47 × 55 cm (framed)
18 1/2 × 21 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
The picnic flowers, 2013
C-print
50.8 × 40.6 cm
20 × 16 inches
76 × 65 cm (framed)
30 × 25 5/8 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Perfumes and flowers, 2013
C-print
40.6 × 50.8 cm
16 × 20 inches
66 × 75 cm (framed)
26 × 29 1/2 inches (framed)
Edition of 5

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
The Red Army Russian tank arriving in Berlin, encrusted in mud + Faberge jewels, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
16.5 × 9.5 × 7.3 cm
6 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 2 7/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin
Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
The Red Army Russian tank arriving in Berlin, encrusted in mud + Faberge jewels, 2014 (detail)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
the battle of Hürtgen forest, a beetle, winter 1944, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
14 × 5.7 × 5.1 cm
5 1/2 × 2 1/4 × 2 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Panzer tank, Christmas Eve, 1944, the Ardennes, 2014
Plastic armored car, gems, archival glue, plexiglas
8.9 × 3.8 × 4.4 cm (car)
14.3 × 7.3 × 7 cm (vitrine)
3 1/2 × 1 1/2 × 13/4 inches (car)
5 5/8 × 2 7/8 × 2 3/4 inches (vitrine)

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
messerschmitt 109 dragonfly, 2014
Metal plane, gems and archival glue
7.6 × 9.5 × 3.2 cm
3 × 3 3/4 × 1 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
scarab, Panzer Tiger tank, Czechoslovakia, 1938, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
14 × 6 × 4.1 cm
5 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 5/8 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
Tivoli Garden Russian tank, 1941, 2014
Plastic tank, gems and archival glue
18.1 × 8.3 × 7 cm
7 1/8 × 3 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
German state railroad express locomotive, glowworm, Upper Silesia + Bohemia, 2014
Metal train, gems an archival glue
14.3 × 2.2 × 3.2 cm
5 5/8 × 7/8 × 1 1/4 inches

Karen Kilimnik – Karen Kilimnik – Berlin

Karen Kilimnik
spitfire dragonfly, 2014
Metal plane, gems and archival glue
7.9 × 9.8 × 3.2 cm
3 1/8 × 3 7/8 × 1 1/4 inches

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