Norbert Kricke’s International Activity
1961 marked the installation of his sculpture Große Mannesmann in Düsseldorf. Major solo exhibitions of Kricke’s work were also held at the Museum of Modern Art and the Lefrebe Gallery in New York. In the following year, Norbert Kricke was the only German sculptor to be represented at the Seattle world’s fair Art since 1950.
A solo exhibition of the artist’s work was displayed in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1964. Kricke also participated in documenta in Kassel that year for a second time. He was appointed as a professor of sculpture at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf.
During an extended stay in the USA in 1965, a large space sculpture was installed in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Numerous exhibitions followed, including his second solo exhibition at the Lefrebe Gallery in New York in 1968 and the exhibition Norbert Kricke und seine Schüler (Norbert Kricke and His Students) at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn in 1969. In 1970 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. In 1971 he was awarded the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize of the City of Duisburg, and was eventually awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class in 1975.
With his appointment as director of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1972, Kricke established the tradition of the Akademie tour, an annual exhibition of students’ work in the rooms of the Kunstakademie. Norbert Kricke died in Düsseldorf on June 28, 1984.