post-title Klaus Rinke | Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.) | Kicken Berlin | 30.04.-17.06.2022

Klaus Rinke | Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.) | Kicken Berlin | 30.04.-17.06.2022

Klaus Rinke | Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.) | Kicken Berlin | 30.04.-17.06.2022

Klaus Rinke | Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.) | Kicken Berlin | 30.04.-17.06.2022

until 17.06. | #3453ARTatBerlin | Kicken Berlin presents from 30. April 2022 (Opening: 29.04.) the exhibition Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.) by the artist Klaus Rinke. Haubrok foundation shows Wasserwerk Rinke at the same time (Opening there: 24.04.).

On the occasion of the Gallery Weekend, Kicken Berlin, in cooperation with the Haubrock foundation, is showing extensive work complexes from the 1960s to the 1980s by Klaus Rinke (*1939) in two parallel exhibition projects. Rinke counts among the most important contemporary artists internationally. As a pioneer of performance and action art, his works explored the relationship between body in space and time. Trained at the Folkwangschule in Essen from 1957-1960 and then a professor of sculpture in Dusseldorf from 1974 until 2004, Rinke feels at home in a variety of disciplines and embodies like few others an expanded definition of the artist. He is drawer, painter, photographer, sculptor, action, and concept artist at once. The haubrok foundation’s exhibition of the series Wasserwerk Rinke focuses on early performative works and is accompanied by the exhibition Sequenzen. Konzeptuelle Fotographie by Angelika Platen, which shows Rinke’s environment in the 1970s. Entitled Klaus Rinke | Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.), Kicken Berlin will present a series of iconic “primary demonstrations,” which largely originated from his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1973.

ART at Berlin - courtesy of the artist and Kicken Berlin - Klaus Rinke - Standortwechsel - foto Monika Baumgartl
Klaus Rinke, from: Changing location to points in time, Documenta 5,
1972, 19-part sequence of photographs, printed ca. 1972, 

240 x 128 cm (all together), Ed. of 3, Photo for Klaus Rinke: Monika Baumgartl, 
© Klaus Rinke / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

The selection of works at Kicken Berlin is based on an early, central overview of Rinke’s work, curated by Kynaston McShine (1935-2018), curator at the Modern Museum of Art, New York, together with the artist as part of the institution’s Projects series in the fall of 1973. McShine had an eye for the experimental, conceptual art of the era by early minimalists such as Carl Andre and Donald Judd (Primary Structures, Jewish Museum, New York, 1966), Robert Smithson and Richard Serra (Information, MoMA, 1970). Rinke praises McShine as a pathbreaking facilitator of art and has dedicated the current exhibition at Kicken Berlin to him.

ART at Berlin - courtesy of the artist and Kicken Berlin - Klaus Rinke - Wand Boden Raum - foto Monika Baumgartl
Klaus Rinke, from: Wall, Floor, Space. Lisson Gallery, London, Primary Demonstration –
Sculptural Action: Body Postures against Wall on Lumber Floorboards, 1970,
25 gelatin silver prints, printed 1969-70, each 100 x 70 cm, Ed. of 3,
Photo for Klaus Rinke: Monika Baumgartl, © Klaus Rinke / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

Searching for an immediate, true-to-reality mode of perception and representation, Rinke put himself at the center of his actions, precisely planning his body’s movements in time and space — “Primary Demonstrations” — which were captured in serial photographs. They make up the quintessence of his performative oeuvre and the focus of the exhibition at Kicken Berlin in Charlottenburg.

We can differentiate between two approaches on view in the MoMA presentation. In one, Rinke intensified the strictly documentary-conceptual pointing gesture that reinforces elementary experiences in the simplest of actions, such as the nine-part Zeigebenennung I. Auge, Augen, Nase, Mund, Ohr, Ohren, Stirn, Kinn, Hals (Naming by Pointing I. Eye, Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ear, Ears, Forehead, Chin, Neck, 1971) and Plus + Minus (1972-73). Also part of this group are Wand, Boden, Raum (Wall, Floor, Space, 1970), Sehen. Vier Augenblicke (Looking. Four Moments, 1971), and Abgewandtes Stehen, Zugewandtes Stehen (Standing Reversed, Standing Towards, 1971).

ART at Berlin - courtesy of the artist and Kicken Berlin - Klaus Rinke - Format - foto Monika Baumgartl
Klaus Rinke, from: Passing Through the Image Format, 1972, 196 gelatin silver prints,
printed ca. 1972, each ca. 18 x 24 cm / all together ca. 312 x 234 cm, Ed. of 3,
Photo for Klaus Rinke: Monika Baumgartl, © Klaus Rinke / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

In a different approach he more strongly utilized photography’s serial qualities to visualize and clarify. The 169-part work Durchs Format gehen (Passing Through the Format, 1972) belongs to this group. Sich ins Bild Stellen (To Place Oneself into the Picture, 1972) visualizes a process in a similar way. Deplazeriung. Zeitpunktueller Standortwechsel (Displacement. Changing Location to Points in Time), made in Kassel for documenta 5 (1972), visualizes a sequence of growing distance.

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend, and on the artist’s birthday which coincides with the vernissage at Kicken Berlin, these parallel presentations at haubrok foundation and Kicken Berlin offer a concentrated overview of the central series of Rinke’s performative works.

Opening (Sammlung Haubrock): Sunday, 24. April 2022

Opening (Kicken Berlin): Friday, 29. April 2022

Exhibition dates: Saturday, 30. April to Friday, 17. June 202

Special opening for the Gallery Weekend Berlin: Saturday, 30. April and Sunday 1. May 2022

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Exhibition Klaus Rinke – Kicken Berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin

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