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.


Heile Welt

Werke aus der Sammlung Schmidt-Drenhaus, Teil I Works from the Schmidt-Drenhaus Collection
The concept of an intact and harmonious world is so far removed from the reality we experience that the existence of this distance continues to provoke artistic solutions. Artists use fracture, irony, and filters in order to approach the fragmentary nature of the world, in order to express their points of view: of fascination, annoyance or even criticism. Heile Welt is an exhibition of artistic observations on both current and timeless issues and also the different conceptual strategies of creative alienation and fragmentation.
The Schmidt-Drenhaus Collection began in 1968 in Cologne and contains works ranging from German Expressionism to the present day. In conjunction with the exhibition in the Kupferstich Kabinett, large sections of the collection are being exhibited in public for the first time.

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"Heile Welt"

March 2006

ISBN 978-3-938025-71-0

21,00 x 26,00 cm

128 Pages

130 colored and 140 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett

Wolfgang Ullrich, Peter Herbstreuth, and Johannes Schmidt
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Heile Welt – Werke aus der Sammlung Schmidt-Drenhaus“, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 2006.