At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Otto Meyer-Amden – Oskar Schlemmer

Drawings and Paintings
Swiss artist Otto Meyer-Amden (1885-1933) and German painter Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) first met in the summer of 1911 in Christian Landenberger’s painting class at the Stuttgart Academy. When Otto Meyer moved to Amden in Switzerland in the autumn of 1912, the two peers kept up a prolific correspondence. Their letters bear witness to a deep mutual respect and understanding. This catalogue juxtaposes the drawings and paintings of both artists. In spite of their superficial differences, both reveal a tendency towards geometric abstraction and forms charged with spiritual content. One of the highlights of the catalogue and the exhibition is the display of Schlemmer’s rarely-seen "Fensterbilder" ("window pictures"), which are on permanent loan to the Kupferstichkabinett.

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"Otto Meyer-Amden – Oskar Schlemmer"

October 2007

ISBN 978-3-7204-0173-9

21,50 x 24,00 cm

144 Pages

37 colored and 37 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Museum of Fine Arts, Department of Prints and Drawings, , Basel, Switzerland
Anita Haldemann and Nicolaj van der Meulen
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Otto Meyer-Amden und Oskar Schlemmer – Drawings and Paintings“, 2007/2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland.