Ulrich Rückriem (b.1938, Düsseldorf) spent the early years of his career as a stonemason at Cologne Cathedral from 1959–1961, the influence of which is manifest in his sculptural practice. His subsequent work is characterized by geometric forms and a rational and systematic concept of structure; his insistence on making intelligible all traces of his intervention with the material makes him an important figure in establishing Process art as a response to Minimalism.
Notable solo exhibitions of Rückriem’s work include presentations at: Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2017); Koenig & Clinton, New York (2015); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2009); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2007); Museum Ludwig, Köln (2007); Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany (2005); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands (2003); Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofia, Madrid (1989); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1983), among others. Rückriem’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: Serendipity–Vom Glück des Findens, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2015); Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960-75, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2012); Before The Law, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2011); KölnSkulptur #6, Skulpturenpark, Cologne (2001); Documenta, Kassel (1992, 1987, 1982, 1972); São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (1989); La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (1978); and Skulptur Projekte Münster (1977, 1987, 1997), among others. The artist lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Clonegal, Ireland. Rückriem is represented by Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn, and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin and Stockholm.