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.”

Jakob Mattner

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name in the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz covers works from Jakob Mattner’s main cycles of works from the 1980s to date. The exhibition includes light and sculptural installations, as well as works on paper which deal mainly with the principles of mirroring and refection. The material that is common to all the works in the exhibition is light – whether it is reflected, refracted or mirrored. His glass sculptures, such as "Zwielicht" (Half-Light) (1982); installations like "Percussion" (1997); collotype prints like "Schatten" (Shadows) (1996); or the gouaches from his "Spiegelungen" (Reflections) (2012) series tell a story of transience, transcendence and the mysterious nature of light.

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"Jakob Mattner"

ISBN 978-3-7356-0101-8

24,00 x 30,00 cm

64 Pages

40 colored and 8 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German


Ingrid Mössinger

Lynne Cooke, Nora Gomringer, Ingrid Mössinger

interview by Noam Elcott with Jakob Mattner

graphic design
Andreas Koch, Bielefeld

Exhibition: “Jakob Mattner. Spiegelungen”, 19.3.–25.5.2015, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz