The Wretchedness of War

Andrea Schmidt – The Wretchedness of War
Drawings | serigraphs | digital prints


Duration of the exhibition October 20 – November 11, 2023

Reading/ Performance: Saturday, November 4 at 6 p.m. with Jo Frank (translator and publisher) and Andrea Schmidt

With Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), a young poet died four days before the end of the First World War I is the most important, of the English-language war poets. In his poems he gives insights into the misery of war, its consequences for the individual and for societies. In 2014, the collected poems by Wilfred Owen were published for the first time in German by Verlagshaus Berlin in the form of the volume The Wretchedness of War.


Andrea Schmidt's works confront the poems, develop artistic positions on them and design a contemporary visual language that opens up new approaches to the texts. In her ink drawings, Andrea Schmidt experiments with natural and created structures that determine, penetrate, change, manipulate or destroy each other and are brought into new orders in the form of layers and overlays in a graphic, digital and performative manner. 


As part of the exhibition, there will be a performance of Wilfred Owen's poems with the author, translator and publisher Jo Frank and Andrea Schmidt

List of Works


  • Centre Wall
    o.T., 2023, Digitaldruck, Edition 3/3 +2 A.P.;
    Tryptichon 225 x 58 cm
  • Right Wall
    Drei Serien
    o.T., 2023, Digitaldruck, Edition 3/3 +2 A.P.; 42 x 30 cm
  • Left Wall
    1 – 3
    o.T., 2023, Siebdruck, Edition 5/5 + 2 A.P.; 33 x 25 cm, gerahmt 52,5 x 42,5 cm


Andrea Schmidt lives in Berlin and works as a publisher, typographer and teacher. Since 2005 she has been co-publisher of Verlagshaus Berlin - an independent publishing house of contemporary poetry and illustration. In 2010 she founded Typografie/im/Kontext, a graphic design studio with a focus on editorial and corporate design. She taught typography and design theory, e.g. at the UdK Berlin, the CAA Hangzhou (China) and the HBK Braunschweig, currently at the Leibniz University Hannover. In 2017, Andrea Schmidt was awarded a working scholarship for visual arts from the Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e. V.  In the project Ampersand Interart she stages intermedia music and literary projects in the form of light and moving images.