With Beneath the Ground. From Kafka to Kippenberger, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen devotes a wide-ranging exhibition to the theme of the subterranean. During the twentieth century, the motif of displacing human habitation below the Earth’s surface was strongly associated with both utopian and anti-utopian projects.
By the late nineteenth century, the idea of an inhabitable realm below the surface of the earth had evolved into a much-favored literary topos. Both visions of hell and caves as affording protection were associated with the idea of shifting the living space below ground level.
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