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.”

Robert Metzkes

Terracottas - works on paper - bronzes
Robert Metzkes’ interest for a technique rarely practiced today began early: the artist works with terracotta sculptures, which he then glazes with engobe or paints. The life-size busts and figures are the most unexpected; their supposed realism makes them unique in the contemporary German art scene. He maintains a great tradition that began in the Renaissance in Italy, while also focusing on the present. This tension between art form and nature, figuration and abstraction defines his aesthetic practice, which Robert Metzkes discusses in a multi-layered text in this publication.

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"Robert Metzkes"

ISBN 978-3-86678-612-7

24,00 x 32,00 cm

64 Pages

54 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Jörg Makarinus
with a dramatic text by
Robert Metzkes
Graphic design
Michael de Maizière, Berlin
Exhibition „Robert Metzkes. Terrakotten • Zeichnungen • Bronzen“, November 2011bis Januar 2012, Galerie Leo.Coppi, Berlin