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Robert Klippel, 1979

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Robert Klippel AO (1920-2001) was the most significant sculptor Australia has yet produced. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1939, and spent the war constructing model aircraft and ships designed to educate his fellow-servicemen in the recognition of enemy craft. After the war he studied sculpture in Sydney and London, and his 'assemblages' - sculptures that combined mechanical objects with organic materials - attracted enthusiasm in Europe. Among their admirers was the French surrealist André Breton, who organised an exhibition in Paris in 1949. Klippel moved to the USA in 1957, and spent a decade teaching sculpture there. He then returned to Sydney, where he lived and worked in the Balmain area until his death. This year alone he made more than thirty sculptures. He was collaborating on a major retrospective show of his works when he died on his 81st birthday.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998
© Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore
http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/

Accession number: 1998.16

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 52 in 1979)

Robert Klippel AO (age 59 in 1979)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.