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.”

Martin Schwenk

Home Grown
Martin Schwenk’s fantastical worlds of plants suggest the same kind of magical atmosphere once evoked by the prepared naturalia of cabinets of curiosities in times gone by. Since the 1990s, the focus of Schwenk’s work has been on dealing with Nature as a surface onto which emotions can be projected, a vestige of society and the starting point for artistic expression. His biomorphous, chapped creations hang from walls and ceilings and wind their way across floors: each plant, inspired by the remnants of a once-cultivated Nature and the interstices of built-up urban spaces, is individual, its origin and constitution remaining shrouded in mystery.

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"Martin Schwenk"

May 2012

ISBN 978-3-86678-692-9

23,00 x 28,00 cm

120 Pages

81 colored and 1 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Martin Hentschel

preface by
Martin Hentschel

Annelie Pohlen and Heinz-Norbert Jocks

graphic design
Mina Bellack

Exhibition: “Martin Schwenk. home grown”, 18 March to 18 August 2012,  Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld