The State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the impressive art collection of Konrad Fischer and his wife, comprising 250 works by some thirty-five artists, as well as the gallery archive, for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen at the beginning of 2014. The exhibition catalogue now provides a summary of Konrad Fischer’s significant life’s work.

Konrad Klapheck

Menschen und Maschinen
The things, the machines that Konrad Klapheck (born in 1935) paints are not utilitarian devices; they have lost any practical use, are non-functional and have been frozen in their painterly brilliance into enigmatic beings that appear familiar, and yet remain absent and strange. “Using my machine pictures, I was able, without having to look, to rediscover the past, and to deal with the problems of living in the present. Underneath every successful picture lay another, one that could just be ascertained, that gave meaning to that which occurred on the surface …”
At the end of the 1990s, the human form entered the work of Klapheck. These dreamy-nightmares vitalised his world of artefacts, the surreal illustration “lives” on in his new pictures: the persons displayed are again frozen in their cold painterly perfection into enigmatic beings.
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"Konrad Klapheck"

May 2006

ISBN 978-3-938025-82-6

31,50 x 22,50 cm

160 Pages

66 colored and 37 b/w illustrations

Hardcover with clothbound, bound, with dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Ferdinand Ulrich und Hans-Jürgen Schwalm, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

Fabrice Hergott, Konrad Klapheck, Hans-Jürgen Schwalm, and Ferdinand Ulrich
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen 2006, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.