Robert Klippel - a tribute exhibition to Australia’s greatest sculptor at the AGNSW.
Published Thursday, 1 August 2002When Robert Klippel died in Sydney on his 81st birthday on 19 June last year, the next day’s headlines acclaimed his artistic achievements – ‘Australia’s greatest sculptor’, ‘a sculptor with iconic status’. As early as the 1960s, Robert Hughes was claiming Klippel as an outstanding figure of Australian art and one of few sculptors worthy of international attention.
At the Art Gallery of New South Wales from Friday 9 August to Sunday 13 October 2002
This is the first full-scale retrospective exhibition of
Australia's most acclaimed sculptor, Robert Klippel
Comprising more than 250 pieces, the exhibition encompasses
Klippel's development from figurative sculpture into
abstraction; from Surrealist wood carvings to the
extraordinary junk assemblages of the 1960s and 1990s. The
diversity of junk materials in Klippel's art - wood, stone,
plastic toy kits, wooden pattern parts, typewriter
machinery, industrial piping and machine parts - as well as
bronze, silver, oils, photography, collage and paper; and
the great range in scale of his work, from intimate
whimsical structures in metal to the large wooden
assemblages of the 1980s, are all incorporated in the
Robert Klippel was a fossicker, and his waterfront home in
Balmain a cornucopia of industrial discards. These he
pondered and re-assembled into some of the most exciting
works of art ever produced in this country. He created an
amazing number of collages and works on paper, more than
5,000 - outlines and inspirations for his sculpture far too
many to ever be realised into sculptures, but wonderful
pictorial studies in their own right.
"Robert Klippel's particular vision, inspired by the
intricacies and the profusion of our natural and man-made
environments and by his quest for a spiritually relevant
form, stands alone in the history of Australian art," said
curator of this tribute exhibition, Deborah Edwards.