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.”

Kader Attia

Architektur der Erinnerung ׀ Architecture of Memory

The Algerian-French artist Kader Attia (*1970) is an internationally acclaimed. His installations and photographs are based on in-depth ethnological, sociological, and philosophical research. A central topos is the influence of colonialism on Western and non-Western cultures and the processes conditioned by it. The centerpiece of the exhibition at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz is the film "Réfléchir la Mémoire", for which Kader Attia was awarded the renowned Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2016. The accompanying publication presents selected works that reflect on the topic of architecture and the memories manifested in it.


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"Kader Attia"

December 2017

ISBN 978-3-7356-4034-5

24,00 x 30,00 cm

152 Pages

63 colored illustrations

Softcover with flaps, paper back

Languages: German, English

Beate Reifenscheid
Text by
Demosthenes Davvetas, Clémentine Deliss, Beate Reifenscheid
Design by
Andreas Koch, Bielefeld

Kader Attia. Architektur der Erinnerung, 5.11.2017–21.1.2018, Ludwig Museum Koblenz