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Ulrich Rückriem, b.1938

8 Limestones cut to a specific size from rough blocks 150 x 50 x 50cm split into parts and reassembled into their original form1988

Unlike traditional stone sculpture where a piece of stone is cut, chiselled and polished to make it into some other form, in Rüeckreim’s work the marks made by the drills and chisels are not smoothed away, and the natural fracture lines in the rock are revealed; the irregular lines following the internal (geological) structure of the stone. By dividing the stones in various permutations of vertical and horizontal splits the individual characteristics of the stones are made visible, forming a complex and intricate pattern. The split stones are then returned to their position and the original volume reappears. In this piece eight similar stones, or stele, are arranged on a grid, on a scale relating to that of the human body, and it is this scale, coupled with the lack of ostentation in the readability of the process, which makes the work so human.

MediumLimestone
Dimensions150 x 50 x 50 cm (each)
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2001
Item NumberIMMA.1489
On view IMMA Grounds, 25/09/2013 - 31/12/2020
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Ulrich Rückriem, 8 Limestones cut to a specific size from rough blocks 150 x 50 x 50cm split into parts and reassembled into their original form, 1988, Limestone, 150 x 50 x 50 cm (each), Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2001

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About the Artist

Ulrich Rückriem b.1938

Ulrich Rückriem (born 1938) is a German sculptor noted for his monumental works. He trained as a stonemason and began to work as a free lance artist from 1963. Strongly influenced by minimalism, Rückriem’s sculptural works celebrate geometric form, while retaining marks of the artist’s tools and the natural structural lines of the stone. Rückriem lived in Clonegal, Co. Clare, for thirteen years from 1988 to 2001. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum Ludwig, Köln; the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. — View Artist »