Gerhard von Graevenitz

1934 Schilde, Germany - 1983 Habkern, Switzerland

143/444 konkave reflektierende Quadrate auf Weiss II, 1963 Kinetic object Wood, Metal, Mixed media, Motor 71.7 x 71.7 cm

129/425 Weisse Dreiecke auf Schwarz, 1962 Wood, mixed media, metal, engine 61.7 x 61.7 cm

Weisse Struktur, 1959 Barell Diameter 8.5 cm x 78 cm

2 vertikale Streifen, 1977 Kinetisches Objekt, zwei bewegliche Metallstäbe auf Hartfaserplatte und Elektromotor 169 x 251 x 8 cm

Spielobjekte Acrylic on wood Diam: 41 cm B: 4 cm

8 Streifen am Rand, Leere Mitte, 1983 Kinetisches Objekt 150 x 150 cm

KINETIC Installation view, 2013 von Bartha, Basel

KINETIC Installation view, 2013 von Bartha, Basel

Kinetisches Objekt, 1982 10 moving metal bars on coated hardboard, engine 122 × 172 cm

Zwei vertikale Achsen, konkav, Weisse Struktur, 1959/60 Mixed media on wood 100 x 100 cm

Zufallsverteilung auf der Mittelachse IV, 1960 Silver - plated surface 39.5 x 32 cm


Von Graevenitz stud­ied eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Frankfurt/Main in 1955/56 but changed course shortly there­after by mov­ing to the Akademie der Bilden­den Kün­ste (Acad­emy of Fine Arts) in Munich where he stud­ied art until 1961. In the late fifties he became edi­tor of the jour­nal ‘nota’ and at the begin­ning of the six­ties he was one of the co-founders of ‘Nou­velle Ten­dance’. Graevenitz was inter­ested in the study and visu­al­i­sa­tion of phe­nom­ena like move­ment, light, space, time, struc­ture, ran­dom­ness or pro­gres­sion. He is con­sid­ered a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the con­struc­tive– con­crete art of the younger gen­er­a­tion which had turned in par­tic­u­lar to kinet­ics. Graevenitz, who had been liv­ing in Ams­ter­dam since 1970, died in 1983 as a result of a plane crash in Switzerland.