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.”

Sonja Vordermaier

The Invisible Volume
Originally planned as an exhibition catalogue for Sonja Vordermaier's solo show ‘The Invisible Volume’ at the Institute of Modern Art Nuremberg, the idea of a book developed a momentum of its own during the collaboration with graphic artists Timo Hinze and Anne Gille. The result goes far beyond the concept of a simple exhibition catalogue, combining installation views, photographic works, archive visual material and work-in-progress material. The focus of this artist book is the invisible volume – which has not yet become, or indeed is no longer, visible – as well as the exploration of the visual intelligence of images which pursue the visible even as it eludes our grasp.

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"Sonja Vordermaier"

ISBN 978-3-7356-0004-2

24,00 x 34,00 cm

88 Pages

69 colored and 5 b/w illustrations

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

Languages: German, English

Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Sonja Vordermaier

Ursula Panhans-Bühler

graphic design
Supercomputerstudio (Anna Gille und Timo Hinze)