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.”

Heike Mutter und Ulrich Genth

the Metareflector Air Offensive. Expedition to One of the Safest Places in the World
The “research station” installation on the roof of Kunsthalle Recklinghausen is based on a fictitious process, that of the re-examination of the museum, and is also the portrayal of an absurdist discovery process: this is an environment that has been described and defined in great detail.
The process is inspired by the methodology of tropical rain forest researchers: from above. This observation is very discreet and involves very little contact to the object; it is however, very laborious. The research aim to find and/or confirm sensory connections and to control the complexity of the situation.
At the metaphorical level, Heike Mutter und Ulrich Genth are carrying out a complicated exploration of the world of art from a self-selected distance. In this way, the museum is presented as an unlikely living environment.

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"Heike Mutter und Ulrich Genth"

December 2006

ISBN 978-3-86678-032-3

21,00 x 33,00 cm

56 Pages

76 b/w illustrations

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

Languages: German, English

Ferdinand Ullrich und Hans-Jürgen Schwalm, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

Ferdinand Ullrich and Melissa Ragona
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth: the Metareflector Air Offensive. Expedition to One of the Safest Places in the World “, 2006, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.