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© Norbert Kricke and his legal heirs<br/>    Picture: Bruchhaus/Lachenmann, Munich<br />

Norbert Kricke

Born 1922 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Died 1984 in Düsseldorf, Germany

Flächenbahn, 1966

Steel
173 x 670 cm

Norbert Kricke is one of Germany's most important sculptors of the post-war period. He began creating his first abstract spatial sculptures in 1949. He discovered the line as a design tool, and with simple wire material, and later metal rods, he found a way to release volume as linear motion. Norbert Kricke's sculptures, usually filigree compositions, are a fusion of motion and space. Similar to kinetic objects, they energise space. The actual movement, however, takes place in the eyes of the beholder.

Numerous, steel tubes of equal thickness are soldered together in a staggered horizontal arrangement. They are joined together in an abstract, dynamic structure with a fluted surface that cuts through space like a monumental flash of lightning. The work dates from Kricke's horizontal planes period, which occupies a special place in his oeuvre.

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