Ulrich Rückriem

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Ulrich Rückriem
Rückriem in 2013
Born(1938-09-30)30 September 1938
Düsseldorf, Germany
Known forStone sculpture, drawing
MovementProcess art, Minimalism
Awards(among others) 1985: Arnold-Bode-Award of the city of the documenta, Kassel[1]
1998: Piepenbrock Award for Sculpture, Berlin

Ulrich Rückriem (born 30 September 1938) is a German sculptor notable for his monumental stone sculptures. He lives and works in Cologne and London.[2] His abstract works of art are often assigned to the style of minimalism[3][4] and process art.[5]

Life and work[edit]

Born in Düsseldorf, Rückriem apprenticed as a stonecutter in Düren, then worked as a journeyman at the Dombauhütte workshops of Cologne Cathedral. Later, due to his tight association with Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, he came into contact with artists and colleagues like Carl Andre, Richard Long, Sol LeWitt, Royden Rabinowitch. From 1963 on, he worked as a free-lance artist.

For a few years he shared a studio with Blinky Palermo, before he started his academic career, at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (starting from 1974), from 1984 on at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and finally at Städelschule,

In the 1960s and 1070s, Rückriem worked in the quarry of Dolomite at Anldorf, museum Städel in Frankfurt am Main, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin followed. Rückriem was invited to participate at the documenta i.

Many of the works of art of Rückriem are accessible to the public as public art, mostly in Germany, but also in Spain, France, England, Ireland and others. A particularly impressive one of these is Siglo XX (1995), an installation in the open fields close to the locality of Abiego (Spain). It consists of 20 steles of granite from O Porriño, arranged in a manner analogous to the eight queens puzzle.[6]

A permanent installation of about 100 sculptures by Rückriem is at Sculpture Halls Ulrich Rückriem in Sinsteden, near Cologne. The halls and presentation were devised by the artist himself.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ documenta Archive Retrieved on 16 August 2013.
  2. ^ Ulrich Rückriem: Sockel – Passepartout – Kleiner Kosmos. Kunstverein Lippstadt e.V. Retrieved on 16 August 2013. (in German)
  3. ^ Aktive Besucher gefragt. Retrieved on 16 August 2013. (in German)
  4. ^ Stille – Skulpturen-Hallen Ulrich Rückriem. Retrieved on 16 August 2013. (in German)
  5. ^ Ulrich Rückriem – artist biography, Tate Gallery. Retrieved on 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ ULRICH RÜCKRIEM: Siglo XX, 1995. Centro de Arte y Naturaleza Fundación Beulas. Retrieved on 16 August 2013.


  • Ulrich Rückriem: Arbeiten, Editor: Heinrich Erhardt, Oktagon, 1994. ISBN 3-927-78933-X (in German)
  • Jürgen Hohmeyer: Ulrich Rückriem, Verlag Silke Schreiber, 1988. ISBN 3-88960-013-1 (in German)

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