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.

The Problem of God

As a universal cultural asset, Christian visual tradition has long continued to develop within a secular context. This publication, however, is not about sacred art or religious beliefs in general. It focuses on works of art that refer to Christian symbols or themes, but critically reflect upon them, transforming them and transferring them to new substance-related or aesthetic contexts. The selection of works concentrates on art from the past twenty-five years, and encompasses paintings, works on paper and glass, sculptures, photographs, video, film, and complex installations.


Georges Adéagbo, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Francis Alÿs, Francis Bacon, Michaël Borremans, Pavel Büchler, Andrea Büttner, Flavio de Carvalho, Paul Chan, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Tacita Dean, Andrew Esiebo, Harun Farocki, Katharina Fritsch, Douglas Gordon, Gary Hill, Emma Kay, Hubert Kiecol, Katarzyna Kozyra, Little Warsaw, Thomas Locher, Kris Martin, Aernout Mik, Boris Mikhailov, Santu Mofokeng, Hermann Nitsch, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Rosemberg Sandoval, James Turrell, Bill Viola, Paloma Varga Weisz, Danh Võ and Aby Warburg


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"The Problem of God"

September 2015

ISBN 978-3-7356-0150-6

21,00 x 28,00 cm

408 Pages

171 colored and 43 b/w illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound, with dust-jacket

Languages: German, English

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Text by
Alena Alexandrova, Isabelle Malz, David Morgan
Design by
L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH, Sascha Lobe und Simon Brenner
Exhibition: THE PROBLEM OF GOD, 26.09.2015 – 24.01.2016, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 Ständehaus