Josef Kramhöller


Josef Kramhöller made liberal use of diverse media and materials: he painted, drew, took photographs, wrote, set up installations, read, performed, worked with marker pens, Vaseline, video, sound and text, used excerpts from magazines for collages, existing texts from advertising, literature or political philosophy for his own writings. His analytical and poetic perception of reality lead to emphatic and incisive works containing both autobiographical as well as socio-political elements. Kramhöller’s numerous informal and expressive small paper works and large canvases are characterised by an immediate approach with oftentimes imploring repetitions and a sketch-like, aggressive absoluteness. Amelie von Wulffen, Stephan Dillemuth and Axel John Wieder, who were friends with Josef Kramhöller and who manage his estate, devised the exhibition for the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen.