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.

Don’t Smile

Vom Humor der Kunst (German)
Humour is expressed in art largely by the overlapping of linguistic and visual levels, puns, logic being turned on its head, or by the reflection upon one’s own system of understanding. Humour is created through the meeting of different worlds and value systems, everyday realities and ideas or by the removal of objects from their normal frame of reference.
“Don’t Smile” traces the paths of humour, with ironic and erudite comments on its systems. The contemporary artists presented evoke an atmospheric narrative, complemented by exemplary 20th-century art – you are expressly requested to laugh!
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"Don’t Smile"

ISBN 978-3-86678-782-7

16,00 x 22,00 cm

180 Pages

89 colored and 34 b/w illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

two language editions

Languages: German

Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Susanne Bieri, Silvia Eiblmayr, Rhoda Lieberman, Hanne Loreck, Friedemann Malsch, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Sabine Maria Schmidt, Roland Wäspe

graphic design
Sylvia Fröhlich
Exhibition: “Don’t Smile. Vom Humor der Kunst / On the Humour of Art”, 21.9.2012 – 20.1.2013, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

Further publications of the artist