Raumplastik (Kleine Reux). 1961. Sculpture . Welded stainless steel rods, in silver gray, on basalt base. Unique object. 32.5 x 26.8 x 25.5 cm (12.7 x 10.5 x 10 in). Base: 5 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm ( 1,9 x 1,7 x 1,7 in). This work was made before Kricke worked on the large sculpture "Große Reux" in the Park des Chateau de Reux in Normandy and can be considered as a kind of preliminary work for the monumental one.
We are grateful to Sabine Kricke-Güse and Dr. Ernst-Gerhard Güse for the kind support in cataloging this lot. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Rhineland (directly from the artist).
EXHIBITION: Norbert Kricke, Galerie Karl Flinker, 15 November - 9 December 1961, black-and-white illu. on p. 13. presumably Galerie Wentzel, Cologne, in context of the "Premieretage", May 1988. Norbert Kricke. Plastiken und Zeichnungen. Eine Retrospektive, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, 10 September - 7 January 2006 and Neues Museum Nuremberg. State Museum for Art and Design, Nuremberg 12 July - 23 September 2007, cat. no. 66, with illu. on p. 121.
LITERATURE: Ernst - Gerhard Güse, Raum als Dimension von Freiheit. Die >Große Reux< von Norbert Kricke in der Sammlung der Wella AG, Darmstadt, Darmstadt 1999, pp. 18-22, illu. 16 (there with different base). "My problem is not mass, not figure, but space and motion - space and time. I don't want a real space or real motion (mobile), I want to depict motion. I am trying to concretize the unity of space and time." Norbert Kricke, 1954 (quote after: Künstler Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Munich 1988, p. 2)