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.

Out of This World

"The experience of perfection experienced by the individually observing subject is a radical experience. The observing subject is radically alone. No power, identity, community can be constructed as result of the subject’s experience: the non-substitutable experience of the individual facing the non-substitutable specific object, the artwork. The value of the aesthetic lies in this impotent power."
Out of This World brings together international artists whose selected works deal with celestial phenomena. These works constantly merge the sublime with the profane; the sublime is seen to be something that can be technically reproduced or an experience that ultimately affects the phenomena of belief. Against this background, Leonhard Emmerling’s essay represents an attempt to examine whether categories of the classical and idealistic aesthetic, such as sublimity and perfection, are still useful today.
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"Out of This World"

December 2005

ISBN 978-3-86678-469-7

17,00 x 24,00 cm

72 Pages

12 colored and 2 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Stephen Bambury and Leonhard Emmerling

Leonhard Emmerling Graphic

Jonty Valentine, Auckland

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Out of This World“, 30 October 2010 to 9 January 2011, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern.