Norbert Kricke

Norbert Kricke

Norbert Kricke

Norbert Kricke (*November 30, 1922 in Düsseldorf; †June 28, 1984 in Düsseldorf) was a German sculptor. With his metal Raumplastiken—space sculptures—he is one of the most important representatives of German post-war modernism.

Norbert Kricke began his studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin in 1946, where the sculptor Richard Scheibe chose him as his master student. In 1947 Kricke returned to Düsseldorf and moved into a studio there. He worked as a freelance artist during this period. Two years later, he created his first space sculptures, consisting of delicate steel rods that extended forcefully through the space. By working primarily with thin, pliable metal, Norbert Kricke created dynamic sculptures that allowed space and time to flow together.

Norbert Kricke’s First Exhibition and Collaboration with Yves Klein

Large solo exhibitions dedicated to Kricke were held at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Municipal Gallery in Istanbul in 1955, followed by another solo exhibition at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris in 1957. Along with Robert Adams and Yves Klein, Kricke won a competition for his art to be featured in the new municipal theater in Gelsenkirchen: he created a relief for the Kleines Haus that emphasized the “floating lightness of the building” (Werner Ruhnau, 1992).

Norbert Kricke (*November 30, 1922 in Düsseldorf; †June 28, 1984 in Düsseldorf) was a German sculptor. With his metal Raumplastiken—space sculptures—he is one of the most important representatives of German post-war modernism.

Norbert Kricke began his studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin in 1946, where the sculptor Richard Scheibe chose him as his master student. In 1947 Kricke returned to Düsseldorf and moved into a studio there. He worked as a freelance artist during this period. Two years later, he created his first space sculptures, consisting of delicate steel rods that extended forcefully through the space. By working primarily with thin, pliable metal, Norbert Kricke created dynamic sculptures that allowed space and time to flow together.

Norbert Kricke (*November 30, 1922 in Düsseldorf; †June 28, 1984 in Düsseldorf) was a German sculptor. With his metal Raumplastiken—space sculptures—he is one of the most important representatives of German post-war modernism.

Norbert Kricke began his studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin in 1946, where the sculptor Richard Scheibe chose him as his master student. In 1947 Kricke returned to Düsseldorf and moved into a studio there. He worked as a freelance artist during this period. Two years later, he created his first space sculptures, consisting of delicate steel rods that extended forcefully through the space. By working primarily with thin, pliable metal, Norbert Kricke created dynamic sculptures that allowed space and time to flow together.

On the recommendation of Siegfried Giedion and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe he was awarded the Art Prize of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago in 1957. In 1959, Kricke took part in documenta in Kassel. In that year he also worked with Walter Gropius on the water features for a new university building in Baghdad.

Norbert Kricke’s First Exhibition and Collaboration with Yves Klein


Large solo exhibitions dedicated to Kricke were held at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Municipal Gallery in Istanbul in 1955, followed by another solo exhibition at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris in 1957. Along with Robert Adams and Yves Klein, Kricke won a competition for his art to be featured in the new municipal theater in Gelsenkirchen: he created a relief for the Kleines Haus that emphasized the “floating lightness of the building” (Werner Ruhnau, 1992).

On the recommendation of Siegfried Giedion and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe he was awarded the Art Prize of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago in 1957. In 1959, Kricke took part in documenta in Kassel. In that year he also worked with Walter Gropius on the water features for a new university building in Baghdad.

Norbert Kricke’s First Exhibition and Collaboration with Yves Klein


Large solo exhibitions dedicated to Kricke were held at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Municipal Gallery in Istanbul in 1955, followed by another solo exhibition at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris in 1957. Along with Robert Adams and Yves Klein, Kricke won a competition for his art to be featured in the new municipal theater in Gelsenkirchen: he created a relief for the Kleines Haus that emphasized the “floating lightness of the building” (Werner Ruhnau, 1992).

On the recommendation of Siegfried Giedion and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe he was awarded the Art Prize of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago in 1957. In 1959, Kricke took part in documenta in Kassel. In that year he also worked with Walter Gropius on the water features for a new university building in Baghdad.

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.

1922 — Born November 30th in Düsseldorf.
1946-47 — Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin.
1947 — Studio in Düsseldorf.
1949 — First „Raumplastiken“.
1955 — Solo Exhibitions at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and in Istanbul.
1957 — Solo Exhibition in Paris atGalerie Iris Clert.Kricke’s Team with Robert Adams and Yves Klein wins the competition for the design of the new Stadttheater, Gelsenkirchen.
1958 — Prize of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago 1959 Collaboration with Walter Gropius for the University of Bagdad Participation at Documenta II, Kassel.
1960 — Exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, with Bernhard Luginbühl and Jean Tinguely.
1961 — First solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York First solo
exhibition at Lefrebe Gallery, New York.
1962 — Participation in „Art since 1950“ at the EXPO in Seatlle, USA, as the only German sculptor.
1963 — Journey to Mexiko. Major Art Price of the federal state of Northrhine-Westphalia for sculpture.
1964 — Solo exhibition in German Pavillon at the Venice Biennale Participation at Documenta III, Kassel. Professor at Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf. Participation at the exhibition „Painting and Sculpture of a decade 54 – 64“  at Tate Gallery, London.
1965 — Large „Raumplastik“ in front of the County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Longer stay in the USA.
1967 — Participation at „Dix Ans d’Art Vivant“, Fondation Maeght, St. Paul-de-Vence.
1968 — Second solo exhibition at Lefrebe Gallery, New York.
1969 — Exhibtion „Norbert Kricke and his students“ at Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn.
1971 — Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Price of the city of Duisburg.
1972 — Director of the Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf.
1984 — Dies June 28th in Düsseldorf.

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