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.”

Werner Berges

100 +

Werner Berges is a pioneer of German Pop Art, who already achieved fame in the nineteen-sixties and seventies. He now stands center stage in the rediscovery and renewed recognition of “German Pop” in the art world. His main theme—the female body—finds infinite multiplication and seriality in his oeuvre’s enigmatic play of painted, cutout, and laminated circles, grids, stripes of color, and lines. The catalogue 100+ contains over one hundred small-format works from 2017, which in their differentiation of poses and silhouettes take women as a type to the brink of alienation with his eroticism from the world of goods, and question the utopia of beauty.


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"Werner Berges "

May 2017

ISBN 978-3-7356-0387-6

16,60 x 24,00 cm

224 Pages

105 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Thomas Levy
Text by
Florian Illies
Design by
Claas Möller,, Hamburg
WERNER BERGES 100+, 12.9– 27.102017, LEVY Galerie, Hamburg

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