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.”

Work is what counts.

Changes in the world of work after 1945
The modern world of work is changing radically. Even so, work has always been more than a requirement for survival. Work gives our lives meaning and accords us social status. A life without gainful employment is neither possible nor even conceivable for most Germans.
This book accompanies the exhibition of the same name in the Foundation of Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik in Germany that look at changes to work and its future from a historical perspective while also making reference to current debates. It focuses on structural changes in employment in Germany, using concrete examples to explain the reasons for these changes: the development from an industrial to a service society, the effects of rationalisation and technological change, changes in female employment and the challenges of rapid globalisation.

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"Work is what counts."

October 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-331-7

22,50 x 26,20 cm

160 Pages

159 colored and 86 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

preface by
Hans Walter Hütter

Stefanie Bilen, Roger Boyes, Torsten Brandt, Ursula Dallinger, Antje Eichler, Manfred Grieger, Christoph Kleßmann, Heike Knortz, Susanne Koch, Susanne Kreutzer, Stephan H. Lindner, Walther Müller-Jentsch, Daniela Münkel, Jörg Neuheiser, Christian Peters, Andreas Rödder, Dieter Sauer, Hans-Jürgen Schlamp, Günther Schulz, Klaus Tenfelde
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Hauptsache Arbeit. Wandel der Arbeitswelt nach 1945 “, 27 November 2009 to 5 April 2010, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn. Second exhibithion place will be Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig, in 2010.