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.”

Unity of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas
Alexander von Humboldt is known for his botanical expeditions that took place between 1799 to1804, and for the multi-volume Voyage aux regions équinoxiales du nouveau continent he subsequently produced. The exhibition catalogue traces the breadth and import of Humboldt’s influence through paintings and varied artifacts from the nineteenth century to the present. Included are essays by notable scholars, as well as an interview with Mark Dion that touches upon the actuality of the enlightened European voyager in contemporary global art.

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"Unity of Nature"

ISBN 978-3-86678-939-5

19,10 x 26,70 cm

168 Pages

70 colored and 3 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: English

Gabriela Rangel

Christina De León

Wenzel Bilger, Georgia de Havenon, Pablo Diener, Alicia Lubowski-Jahn, Katherine Manthorne, Gabriela Rangel, Ingo Schwarz

Interview mit
Mark Dion

Kate Johnson
Exhibition: „Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas“, 29.4 – 29.7.2014, Americas Society