On Thurdsay 15 May 2008, A arte Studio Invernizzi gallery presents a solo exhibition of Ulrich Rückriem, where his most recent drawings will be on display.
Drawings from the "Block" series, founded on the progressive iteration of an orthogonal module, will be presented together with the "Constellations" and other new and more recent realizations, which exemplify diagonal projective dynamics. Such configurations are partly connected to his last creative path, centred on the possibilities of permutation and variation of the placement of 8 black squares or rectangles on a chessboard of 8 squares or rectangles per side. These drawings are generated by further possible graphic elaborations of the same structuring matrix: always starting from the hypothesis of the permutation on a chessboard, they replace the previous assertive orthogonal configuration by different and more varied diagonal dynamics.
Another work on display is the synthesis of the last exhibition realized by Rückriem in this same space in 2006, and it is created by superimposing a new series of drawings on acetate paper that show the 92 possibilities of displacing 8 columns on a chessboard composed by 8 squares each side. No matter how the columns are moved - horizontally, vertically, or sideways - they never meet, but remain isolated in the space: contained in a glass box, they create an "unicum" of design, drawing and sculpture.
The exhibition exemplifies a particularly meaningful moment in the German artist's work: his main compositional elements, such as permutation and variation, recur also in this case, proceeding from the material to the immaterial and "vice versa".
On the occasion of the exhibition a bilingual catalogue will be published including photographs of the works on display in the gallery and bio-bibliographical notes .
Ulrich Rückriem is born in Düsseldorf in 1938.
In 1964 his first solo exhibition takes place at the Domgalerie in Cologne and in 1969 he will expose at the Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf.
During the 70's several Museums, like the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, the Kunsthalle Tübingen, the Städtische Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum of Eindhoven and the Kunstmuseum Bonn, dedicate exhibitions to him.
During the 80's and the 90's Ulrich Rückriem realizes big exhibitions in important Public Spaces, among them the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Westfalisches Landesmuseum in Münster, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Palacio de Cristal, at the Palacio de Cristal al Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus of Munchen and the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam.
In 2004 the New National Gallery of Berlin and the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum of Duisburg dedicates a solo exhibition to him.
In 2007 he is invited from the Ludwig Museum in Cologne and from the Sprengel Museum Hannover in Hannover for solo exhibitions.