The State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the impressive art collection of Konrad Fischer and his wife, comprising 250 works by some thirty-five artists, as well as the gallery archive, for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen at the beginning of 2014. The exhibition catalogue now provides a summary of Konrad Fischer’s significant life’s work.

Ad Absurdum

Energies of the Absurd from Modernism till today
Taking the Absurd as the point of rupture between art, society and observation opens up perspectives that reach well beyond the realm of art, and which lead to far-reaching questions. The forms of expression and the registers within which absurd realities are formulated today are polyglot and polymorphic. The decisive issue is that the Absurd is category that contradicts itself, one that subsumes an incredibly varied range of aesthetic and non-aesthetic experiences. Today, without an awareness of the absurdity of the world, it would not be possible to observe it adequately: art reacts to this situation using its own means. It goes beyond accepted standards and creates new ones by drawing the viewer into the risks and confusions of art’s present perception.

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"Ad Absurdum"

April 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-130-6

8,50 x 12,00 cm

1152 Pages

194 colored and 15 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Marta Herford, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn
Text by
Jan Hoet, Michael Kröger, Jürgen H. Meyer, Gerhard Schulze, Roland Nachtigäller, Lorenzo Benedetti, Achille Bonito Oliva
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Ad Absurdum — Energien des Absurden von der klassischen Moderne bis zur Gegenwart“, 2008, MARTa Herford.