Klaus Rinke’s recent drawings: Rhine • Ruhr • Loire • Danube • Pacific • Connection • Re-Australia

Klaus Rinke forged his reputation as a leader of the avant-garde in Germany, using his own body as a measure of space and time and a metaphor for mortality.

Later Rinke extended this metaphor to include water: ladling water from the Rhine and all the oceans of the world. He was nicknamed Aquarius as a result.

An esteemed art educator, he taught for decades at the Düsseldorf Academy before taking up a stint at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he explored the phenomenon of duration with scientists and philosophers.

Rinke visited Australia for the first time in the late ’70s and was moved to begin a series of dense drawings of amorphous organic forms that he called his pre-embryonic diary.


Exhibition27 Jun – 17 Aug 2013

A Parliament Of Lines

In the 21st century, drawing has a renewed importance in the art world and A Parliament Of Lines: Contemporary Scottish Drawing aims…

Black Abstract

Exhibition17 May – 24 Jun 2006

Black Abstract

Black Abstract presents the work of renowned artists Ada Bird and Gloria Petyarre, Anmatyarr custodians who have painted the stories, symbols, patterns…

New Abstraction

Exhibition1 May – 9 Jun 2007

New Abstraction RMIT 1965-1985: Leonard Crawford, George Johnson, Grahame King

Crawford, Johnson and King were central to the advancement of non-objective art in Melbourne in the post-war decades. They shared international modernists’…