Klaus Rinke, ‘Looking back into the theater of human history’, 2016, Thomas Brambilla

About Klaus Rinke

Working at various times in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and performance, Klaus Rinke explores the ties that bind individuals to the larger world. In the early 1960s, he abandoned two- and three-dimensional mediums in favor of body art. He chose “the gesture of the body as a dematerialized and most intelligible medium,” he once said, attempting to create an “an ABC of seeing, experiencing and action and with this of human being in general.” The work he produced during this period consists of photographs in which he demonstrated various properties of the body paired with written statements describing the actions. He is also well known for experimenting with water, through works such as Operation Poseidon (1969), a work featured at MoMA that explored the continual passage of time by diverting the flow of water into tubes and conservation tanks.

German, b. 1939, Wattenscheid, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany