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No. 300



Robert Klippel

Australia, United States of America

19 Jun 1920 – 19 Jun 2001

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Opus 300
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Mixed media
    Materials used
    brazed and welded steel, found objects
    113.3 x 34.5 x 30.5 cm irreg; 15.0 cm base diam. :

    0 - Whole, 113.3 cm (44 5/8")

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O'Keefe Foundation 2006
    20th-century galleries (ground floor)
    Accession number
    © Robert Klippel Estate

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    Robert Klippel

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  • About

    Regarded as Australia’s leading modernist sculptor, Robert Klippel consistently developed a distinct personal language of sculptural forms over his long career. Approaching the surface of each work as a logical expression of its interior structure and processes, his ambition was to make sculpture inspired by a poetic synthesis between the twin energies – organic and mechanical – that he saw as defining life and culture in the 20th century.

    The idea of ‘machine-organic’ energies served as a philosophy for some of the great experiments of 20th-century sculpture. It was a concept that also propelled Klippel’s artistic vision: ‘I seek the interrelationship between the cogwheel and the bud,’ he once claimed.

    Klippel created to the utopian vision that human-made technologies and the forces of nature might co-exist symbiotically. By the late 1950s he was working in welded constructions and junk assemblages, exploring the metaphysics of the modern age through the debris of its industrial technologies. Majestic and totemic, 'No 300' is a magnificently complex sculpture of these twin energies. Carrying the ceaseless charge of its interlocking parts, it is a statement of the vital interconnections propelling the world.

    Elegant and complex, 'No. 300' was described by fellow artist and one-time collaborator James Gleeson thus: 'In Klippel's sequence of grand complexities it must be given a place among the foremost. Even the sloping towers of the mighty 'Opus 247' hold no concentrations of greater density or complexity, though here the solitary tower rises in persistent verticality, opening and spreading slightly at the top as though preparing to embrace space after its assertive rise through it.'

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 17 publications

Other works by Robert Klippel

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