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Reiner Ruthenbeck Inspired Art at Harbour Cars – Harbour Cars

November 26th, 2014

There is no need to traipse all the way to the Serpentine Gallery in London to see Reiner Ruthenbeck inspired artwork. You can see it right here at Harbour Cars in Chichester. Admission and coffee is free and you can speak directly to those that have created it.

Harbour Cars have put on display, for an extremely limited time only, a tribute to the German sculptor’s ‘Order and Disorder’ concept currently on exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.


This is the first major survey in the UK of German sculptor and conceptual artist Reiner Ruthenbeck (born 1937, Germany). Ruthenbeck is an orchestrator of geometric form, noted for his ability to transform space using unconventional materials such as crumpled paper or swathes of fabric. Ruthenbeck’s work subverts the familiar, using minimalist objects and simple everyday materials to explore architecture, iconology, perception, and in later works, sound. In 2006, Ruthenbeck wrote, ‘we are moving towards immaterial art, yet we only approach it in small steps’. From 1968 to 1972 he created several piles and cones made of ash, slag, and paper. Later, he would present utilitarian objects like chairs, tables and a suitcase, stripped of their function and thus exaggerating the objects’ pure shapes. The exhibition will bring together, for the first time in the UK, many of these key moments in the artist’s career and will include sculpture, objects and conceptual works.

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