Dominik Schmitt is a painter and illustrator and also creates filmic works, sculptures, installations, music, and lyric poetry. His confusing, melancholy imagery shows the inside of bodies of animals, human beings, and mysterious hybrid creatures.

Among Heroes

Pre-Images in Contemporary Art

Quotations and variations, adaptations, samplings and references are central themes in contemporary art. Referencing other artists or other periods in art history is currently a very popular element of art practice.
“Among Heroes. Pre-Images in Contemporary Art” departs on a search for current examples of artistic referencing and illustrates art practices that do not deal with Romantic transfigurations of the past or past art. Instead, these focus on subjective re-interpretations of the myths of art history that display a new and consciously independent quality.

Claudia Angelmaier, Hanna Brandes, Jan Dörre, Elmgreen & Dragset, Sabine Gross, Carina Linge, Jonathan Monk, Benjamin Moravec, Klaus Mosettig, Daniel Richter, Norbert Schwontkowski, Stefan Stößel, Veron Urdarianu, Gabriel Vormstein, Mark Wallinger, Martin Wöhrl


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"Among Heroes"

May 2011

ISBN 978-3-86678-560-1

19,50 x 26,50 cm

120 Pages

68 colored and 1 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Kunsthalle Nürnberg im KunstKulturQuartier

preface by
Ellen Seifermann

Thomas Deecke and Harriet Zilch graphic

Martin Küchle


Exhibition: “Among Heroes. Pre-Images in Contemporary Art”, 25 May to 24 July 2011, Kunsthalle Nürnberg.