Rainer Ruthenbeck

Galerie Ute Parduhn

Rainer Ruthenbeck’s recent exhibition formed part of a large project entitled “Düsseldorf Avant-Garde,” for which 28 different galleries in the city presented retrospective exhibitions of work by various artists. Ruthenbeck chose to reconstruct a work he created during the ’70s, in which he covered the gallery floor with a sea of black paper. Through this simple act, he radically altered one’s perception of the space, invoking a sense of tension and equilibrium.

Since the ’60s Ruthenbeck has worked toward developing a visual language rooted in a spare formalism and the use of simple materials. He has described his work as “esthetic research,” and his objects as “neutral” and “precise”; for him, unlike his former teacher, Joseph Beuys, objects and materials, rather than being freighted with symbolic meaning, seem to exist in a state of total suspension. In most of his projects Ruthenbeck

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