• Reiner Ruthenbeck

    Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
    Grabbeplatz 4
    October 12, 2008–January 11, 2009

    Curated by Christoph Brockhaus, Ulrike Groos, and Reiner Ruthenbeck

    Back in 1971, curator Johannes Cladders pronounced Reiner Ruthenbeck’s formal vocabulary “classical” and “quiet,” a characterization that stuck throughout the career of this now seventy-one-year-old artist. Overcoming the seeming incompatibility of opposites forms the basis of Ruthenbeck’s work, in which everyday materials such as cloth, ashes, and paper are condensed into dynamic objects and installations that push the limits of perception; as the artist once remarked, he is fascinated by how a person can be moved by something that is hardly even there. For this collaborative retrospective, the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum presents twenty-five installations and Conceptual works while the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf brings together about fifty of Ruthenbeck’s sculptures and photographs. The exhibitions are accompanied by a catalogue raisonné.

    Translated from German by Oliver E. Dryfuss.