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.”

Friedrich Einhoff

In the Collection of the Hamburg Kunsthalle

The catalogue presents the holdings of the Hamburg Kunsthalle’s collection of prints, comprising around seventy drawings and paintings works by Friedrich Einhoff (*1936) from the years 1981 to 2016. With it, the Kunsthalle pays tribute to the decades-long work of Einhoff, who has been formative for his home city both as an artist and as a teacher and mentor. In his oeuvre, traces of anonymous figures, torn body fragments, and facial contours oscillate between concentration and dissolution and tell us of a notion of man that has been subjected to constant transformation through material, sensory, and emotional processes. In the alienation, displacement, and inner turmoil, the figures search in isolated juxtaposition for their inviolable state of being.


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"Friedrich Einhoff"

November 2017

ISBN 978-3-7356-0434-7

23,5 x 29,5 cm

104 Pages

71 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Thomas Levy
Text by

Mechthild Achelwilm, Werner Hofmann, Christoph Martin Vogtherr

Design by
Claas Möller, Hamburg