At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Frank Rödel

Terra Incognita. Images of a Polarstern Expedition
Frank Rödel is an artist with an insatiable curiosity: the Antarctic, which he photographed during an expedition made by the Alfred Wegener Institute and later ‘relived’ in his paintings, was the only continent that he had not visited before that. 
This exquisite volume is much more than a travel diary through the polar seas of the Antarctic. Rödel’s pictures fascinate the viewer as they merge with almost scientific intensity and their topographical structures hint at their historicity. The artist knows about the limited nature of every momentary experience and therefore seeks to surround them in long series of pictures.  

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"Frank Rödel"

July 2012

ISBN 978-3-86678-749-0

30,00 x 24,00 cm

144 Pages

115 colored and 2 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, with dust-jacket

Languages: German, English


Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)

Eberhard Fahrbach, Gerald Felber, Karin Lochte, Frank Rödel

graphic design
mischen, Vera Rammelmeyer, Berlin

Exhibition: „Frank Rödel — Terra Incognita. Bilder einer Polarsternexpedition“, 09.12.2012 - 17.03.2013,  Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven