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.”

Hidden Stories

Armin Boehm, Olaf Breuning, Nigel Cooke, Mike Kelley
Hidden Stories” consists of works by four international artists, all of whom share an interest in the boundaries between reality and fiction, the conscious and the hidden, the rational and the abstract.
The works, which are often both narrative and symbolic, address contemporary issues, literary, cultural and historic myths but also biographical material, the supernatural, repressed memories and traumas.
In “Hidden Stories”, multi-layered realities collide with one another like a picture puzzle in a daydream. The artists formulate perspectives on the world as well as critical and utopian alternatives as visions of freedom.

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"Hidden Stories"

July 2012

ISBN 978-3-86678-740-7

17,00 x 24,00 cm

72 Pages

33 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


KAI 10 | Raum für Kunst, Arthena Foundation

preface by
Monika Schnetkamp

Zdenek Felix, Julia Höner and Ludwig Seyfarth

graphic design
Kai Erdmann, Hamburg

Exhibition: Düsseldorf, "Hidden Stories. Armin Boehm, Olaf Breuning, Nigel Cooke, Mike Kelley", 20. April to 14. July 2012, KAI 10 | Raum für Kunst, Arthena Foundation