Opus 461
Opus 461

Robert Klippel

1920 - 2001 Opus 461 1982
  • bronze
17 cm x 83 cm

The idea that Klippel's sculpture is fundamentally a response to 'this machine age', or technological modernity, is apparent also in his most famous statement of artistic intent. Whenever pressed by persistent interviewers, Klippel would frequently relent by noting that with his sculpture he 'sought the inter-relationship between the cogwheel and the bud', a compact remark that in itself suggests, via synecdoche, that his work constituted an interface or interstice of technology and nature.

Ryan Johnston, In the void: Robert Klippel's Models of Unreason, National Gallery of Victoria web publication, 2013


Regarded as Australia's leading sculptor, Robert Klippel consistently developed a distinct personal language of sculptural forms over his long career. Approaching the surface of each work as a logical expression of its interior structure and processes, his ambition was to make sculpture inspired by a poetic synthesis between the twin energies organic and mechanical that he saw as defining life and culture in the 20th century.

Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales website


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