Artist biography

Klaus Rinke born 1939

German artist, born at Wattenscheid in the Ruhr. Studied mural painting at the Folkwang School, Essen 1957-60. After visits to Norway and Greece, lived from 1960-4 in France. Painted abstract pictures. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Le Portulan, Le Havre, 1963. Settled in Düsseldorf in 1964 and began to make three-dimensional polyester objects such as cylinders, poles, containers. Abandoned painting altogether in 1966; sought more direct ways of expressing reality. Began to use water as a material in 1968 and his own body for time-space-body actions as systematic primary demonstrations in 1969. These actions were recorded in series of photographs or on film. First film and video works 1970-1, his first 'Expansions' and drawings made by using suspended weights and gravity 1972. Lives in Düsseldorf.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.632