Robert Klippel (1920-2001): Assembled

A survey of more than 100 works from renowned Australian artist Robert Klippel (1920-2001) titled ‘Assembled’ has been curated by Kirsty Grant for the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria, and will be on view until 16 February 2020. Klippel’s experimental oeuvre, which found inspiration in everyday materials is presented in three epochs; Surrealist inspired sculptures and drawings, 1960s and 70s assemblage works and later career timber and machine part compositions. These conceptual categories, which reflect that many parts create a cohesive whole, parallel the innovation of his ‘assemblage’ practice overall which used diverse materials, techniques and played with scale referring back to a preoccupation with the organic and mechanical.

Robert Klippel, Untitled, 1949, pen and coloured ink and gouache on paper, 37.8 x 27.7cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Gift of James Mollison, 1981. © Andrew Klippel. Courtesy The Robert Klippel Estate, represented by Annette Larkin Fine Art, Sydney and Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich / Copyright Agency, 2019