Organische Struktur, Günther Uecker
Günther Uecker
Organische Struktur
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Günther Uecker

Organische Struktur, 1962


Dimensions
110.0 x 110.0 x 8.0 cm
Physical Description
Nails and oil on canvas on wood
Inventory Number
SG 1241
Acquisition
Acquired in 1974
Status
On display

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About the Work

Günther Uecker abandons paint. Instead he treats the primed canvas with hundreds of nails – his primary creative material. Not one of them, however, has been hammered into the picture surface randomly. As if responding to a magnetic force, the metallic object adheres to a strict system and, given the uniform angle of the nails, seems to rotate. The dynamic movement of Uecker’s nail structures extend the picture surface into space and create an ever-changing play of light and shade. Uecker was one of the central figures of the Düsseldorf artists’ group known as ZERO. After the Second World War – the ‘zero hour’ – its members set out in search of new means of artistic expression through the use of non-artistic materials, kinetics, light and room installations.

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  • 01:03
    Basic information
  • 02:28
    Focus art history
  • 01:22
    Focus on material
  • Kunst nach 1945: Günther Uecker
    Im jüngsten Film unserer Reihe zur Gegenwartskunst im Städel begleiten wir den ZERO-Künstler Günther Uecker bei der Installation seiner kinetische Bodenskulptur „Sandmühle" (1970). Die Arbeit wurde auf Initiative von Mitgliedern des Kuratoriums und des Vorstandes der Freunde der Schirn und des Städelkomitees 21. Jahrhundert erworben. Bevor der Ankauf des Schirn-Freundeskreises ab Februar 2012 im Städel-Erweiterungsbau zur Aufführung gebracht wird, drehte die Sandmühle Anfang September ihre Runden in der Schirn Kunsthalle. Dort wurde sie vom mittlerweile über 80-jährigen Uecker eigenhändig aufgebaut. http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de#youtube

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Organische Struktur (Original Title)
Title Translation
Organic Structure
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Nails and oil on canvas on wood
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1974

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Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 51I Space
  • 51AA6 Composition

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15.05.2019