Günter Haese

1924, Kiel2016, Hanover

These are creations of fragile, enigmatic beauty: arrangements made of oscillating wire structures and bobbing gauze forms, which the Kiel artist Günter Haese assembles into his own small microcosms in delicate precision. After World War II Haese studied under Ewald Mataré at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. He gained international fame through his sculptural works, which he assembled from the 1960s onwards from individual mechanical components such as springs, shafts, and wheels. His first solo exhibition was organized by the Ulm Museum in 1964, the second by MoMA in New York. He exhibited at documenta III and represented Germany at the 1966 Venice Biennale. Inspired by Paul Klee and the Informel, Haese created a unique œuvre of kinetic sculptures. These do not rely on an electric drive, but are firmly anchored in a static yet fragile construct of precision mechanical parts of watch cases such as brass wire and phosphor bronze. Only the natural environment sets them in motion.

Selected Exhibitions