At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


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.