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.


In 1909, Alfred Kubin’s fantastical novel Die andere Seite (The other side), for which he created 52 illustrations was published. These are vivid pendants to the literary vision, illustrating the grotesque and macabre aspects of the story as a fantastical Armageddon.
The visionary nature and the manifestation of the grotesque of James Ensor (1860–1949) and Alfred Kubin (1877–1959) are echoed in contemporary art. Like the selected prints by Ensor und Kubin, the photographs, video projections, sculptures and paintings by the contemporary artists Michael Bauer, Erwin Kneihsl and Thomas Zipp take as their theme the absurdity and dark depths of human existence. They do not attempt to mimic the works of Kubin and Ensor in any formal way; instead the parallels on the level of ideas are examined.
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April 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-407-9

15,00 x 21,50 cm

56 Pages

35 colored and 7 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf

preface by
Monika Schnetkamp

Zdenek Felix
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition DIE ANDERE SEITE, 19 September to 5 December 2009, KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf.