Ulrich Rückriem




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1957-1959 Trained as stonemason in Düren, Germany
1959-1961 Apprentice at the Dombauhütte in Cologne, Germany. Studies with the sculptor Ludwig Gies at the Kölner Werkkunstschule.
1963-1968 Sculptor at Nörvenich near Düren: Portraits and figures in stone. Large works made from wooden beams 1966-67. In the last year at Nörvenich he made his first stone sculptures with the cleaving and reassembly method.
1969-1975 Shared a studio with the artist Blinky Palermo in Mönchengladbach, Germany; steel sculptures were made during this period
1972 Participation at documenta 5; solo exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1974-1984 Professorship for sculpure, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg
1974 Solo exhibitions at Paul Menz, Cologne; Kunstverein, Frankfurt
1975 Solo exhibitions at Lisson Gallery, London ; Alfonso Artiaco, Naples
1977 Solo exhibitions at Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
1978 Solo exhibitions at Museum Folkwang, Essen; Venice Biennale
1982 Participation at documenta 7; Nordenhake Gallery, Malmö, Norway
1983 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Raum für Kunst, Hamburg
1984 Solo exhibitions with Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf; Produzentengalerie, Hamburg
1984-1988 Professorship for sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1986 Solo exhibitions at Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf; Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo
1987 Solo exhibitions at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago; participation at documenta 8 and Skulptur Projekt, Münster
1988 Solo exhibitions at Donald Young Gallery,Chicago; Galerie Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland
1989 Solo exhibitions at Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York; Galerie Durant-Dessert, Paris
1987-2002 Studios in Clonegal, Ireland and Agon-Coutainville, Normandie
1988-1992 Professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt
1991 Solo exhibitions at Centre d´Art Contemporain, Geneva; Kunstmuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Serpentine Gallery, London; Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
1992 Kunsthalle Esplanade, Ingolstadt, Germany; Bauhütte Zeche Zollverein, Essen (documenta 9); solo exhibitions at Galerie Jule Kewenig, Cologne; Galerie Tschudi, Glarus
1993 Solo exhibitions at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds; Fundació Espai Poblenou, Barcelona
1994 Solo exhibition at Ägyptisches Museum, Berlin; in Sinsteden opening of the Ulrich Rückriem Skulpturen-Hallen, Germany
1995 Solo exhibitions at Lenbachhaus, München; Pirineos, Huesca Land-art project, Spain
1997 Solo exhibitions at Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam; Gallery Ace, Los Angeles
1998 Solo exhibitions at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Art Transpennine 98, Manchester
1999 Solo exhibitions at Kunstverein, Dortmund; 2000 Neues Museum, Nürnberg
2001 Solo exhibitions at Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
2002 Kunstmuseum Bonn; ’The museum of our desire’ Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2003 Solo exhibitions at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Holland ; Galerie Kewenig, Cologne and GambarognoArte, Lugano, Switzerland
2004 Solo exhibitions at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago; Zentrum internationaler Skulptur, Bottrop, Germany; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester
2005 Solo exhibitions at Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg


Ulrich Rückriem is a major sculptor of his generation and has shown widely in Europe and the USA. He has been included in Documenta 5, 7, 8 and 9 and represented Germany at the 1978 Venice Biennale. His work is represented in major private and public collections in the US and Europe, including the Tate Gallery London, National Gallery Berlin, Moderna Musee Stockholm, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. His work was included in the 1982 Sydney Biennale.