Memorial to Heinrich Heine
Like many other works by this artist, this Memorial to Heinrich Heine is made of a monolithic block of granite that has been divided into segments using masonry tools. Rows of drilled holes create the impression of two side pillars and a top stone. A stone segment was removed from the middle and the remaining stone slab behind it was polished and engraved with Heinrich Heine’s name.
The monument is reminiscent of the entrance to a temple or burial chamber. Ulrich Rückriem is particularly concerned with preserving and emphasizing the growing character of the stone in his work. With this sculpture, he goes back to the origins of the monument in its simplest and most archaic form.
Dierk Stemmler: “Zum Typus des Denkmals oder Tempels von Ulrich Rückriem.” In: Städtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn. Sammlung deutscher Kunst seit 1945. Bonn 1983, vol. II, pp. 709/710.
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