On November 23, 2018, the famous Düsseldorf gallery owner Alfred Schmela would have celebrated his hundredth birthday. To mark this occasion, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is organizing an exhibition that shows the wide-ranging network of this “pioneer of the avant-garde.”

Franz Radziwill

Schneeweiß und Nachtschwarz (Snow White and Black Night)

Franz Radziwill is regarded as an exceptional, maverick artist with great charisma. Thanks to his mutability his oeuvre is always in a fascinating, polarized relationship between the traditional and the avant-garde. This publication features early Expressionist prints; Old Master-style nighttime scenes; romantic, snowy landscapes; and his apocalyptic late works of art. It focuses on Radziwill’s use of contrasting lights and darks, and is the first in a five-part series about Radziwill’s visual strategies, which in ensuing years encompassed the use of color, perspective, planes, and light. 

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"Franz Radziwill"

March 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0178-0

24,00 x 21,00 cm

96 Pages

67 colored and 2 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Birgit Denizel (for the Franz Radziwill Gesellschaft)
Text by
Barbara Alms, Birgit Denizel, Gerd Presler
Design by
Formsache, Gerlinde Domininghaus
Exhibition: „Snow White and Black Night “, March 13, 2016 - January 8, 2017 in the Franz Radziwill Haus, Varel/Dangast.

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