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.”


The Subtle Irony of Art

Irony often brings insight to reality and can also be wonderfully expressed in art. Here, internationally famous artists examine the subtle irony of art. In doing so, they look at current social issues as well as political slogans, gender roles and the way we deal with nature. Self-irony is not left out – when art questions itself or the expectations of the artist or the viewer. 
The answers to these questions are always enigmatic and subtle and capture the pulse of our age, albeit not always painlessly.

John Bock, Shannon Bool, Thorsten Brinkmann, Mark Dion, Anton Henning, Brigitte Kowanz, Ragnar Kjartansson, Peter Land, Patrick Mimran, Ahmet Öğüt, Şener Özmen, Claude Wall

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January 2012

ISBN 978-3-86678-433-8

20,50 x 26,50 cm

128 Pages

88 colored and 1 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Claudia Emmert, Kunstpalais, Stadt Erlangen

Claudia Emmert, Susanne Witzgall, Jens Kulenkampff 

Graphic design
i_d buero, Stuttgart
OA Krimmel (Art Direction), Kristin Schoch, Hojin Kang

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "iRonic", 2 July to 4 September 2011, Kunstpalais Erlangen and 21 January to 9 April 2012, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen.