Kurt Grimm

*1960 in Würzburg, Germany

Deconstruction and reconstruction

A circular or cube shape is divided into individual segments and reassembled to form a wave. The joint between two segments illustrates the torque that transfers one direction of movement to the next. These movements revolve around a central point and push into the space as living forms, usually with an “open end,” as the sculptor puts it. Titles such as “Aufbruch”, “Bewegung”, “Welle” or “Faltung” characterize the area of change. His sculptures are not self-contained and self-referential but directed outwards. They open up an area of diverse, reciprocal relationships.

Weight and lightness – iron as medium

Iron plays a major role for Kurt Grimm: “It is an absolutely honest material for me – and it is ideally suited to transforming my forms into larger dimensions and making them expressive. With steel, I can make bold constructions rest on the smallest of footprints. Lending lightness to large masses and heavy weight – that’s what is important to me as an artist.

Kurt Grimm also sets special accents with the color nuances of the rust patina on his sculptures. In addition to rust tones produced by sandblasting – a quick variant of normal rusting in the air – he often works with linseed oil, which results in a dark, rich brown tone on the iron: “The reddish brown of corrosion with its interplay of colors is the most interesting surface I can imagine for my sculptures.”

Monumentality with playful elegance

Even Grimm’s small-format sculptures develop a certain monumentality due to their sweeping forms, which of course all curve back elegantly and form a tricky interplay of loops and arches. This results in timelessly beautiful sculptures that occupy spaces, enclose spaces, block views, and reveal views. Despite their monumentality, his works always appear playful and light and develop their very own aesthetic. Exemplary of this are the works made of curved steel bands, almost dance-like sculptures that not only seem to swirl the air inside them but also cause the surrounding space to vibrate.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2023:

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Zero 23, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2022:

Light + Heavy, Heidelberg Forum for Art, Heidelberg, Germany

Summer exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Winter exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2021:

Cologne Fine Art & Design, Gallery Kellermann, Cologne, Germany

Spring Selection, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Lost & Found, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Works in public spaces

2023:

Castle Hotel Götzenburg, Jagsthausen, Germany

Sculptures, Golf course Maria Bildhausen, Münnerstadt, Germany

2022:

Cultural Center Franck-Haus, Marktheidenfeld, Germany

Sculptures made of steel, Kurpark, Bad Mergentheim, Germany

2021:

Kurpark, Bad Mergentheim, Germany

2020:

Spitäle at the Old Main Bridge, Würzburg, Germany

Three sculptures, sculpture park golf course Maria Bildhausen, Münnerstadt, Germany

Fountain, Bad Königshofen Medical Center, Bad Königshofen im Grabfeld, Germany

2019:

Four sculptures, sculpture park golf course Maria Bildhausen, Münnerstadt, Germany

2018:

Fountain, Hospital, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

Sculpture, old gymnasium, Lohr, Germany

Sculpture, Kürnach, Germany

2017:

Fountain, Medical Care Center Kleinrinderfeld, Kleinrinderfeld, Germany

2016:

Chancel design, Vogelsburg church, Vogelsburg, Germany

2015:

Installation, Kulturkirche Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

2014:

Stadtgraben Treffpunkt, Merkendorf, Germany

2013:

Juliusspital, Würzburg, Germany

2011:

– Saarbrücken, Germany

– Merkendorf, Germany

2010:

– Kitzingen, Germany

Lorke practice, Würzburg, Germany

– Mainbernheim, Germany

2007:

– Leverkusen, Germany

2005:

– Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

2000:

– Otsu, Japan

1998:

– Rielasingen-Worblingen, Germany

– Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

Bunka Woman University, Tokyo, Japan

1997:

– Veitshöchheim, Germany

Biography

Kurt Grimm was born in Würzburg in 1960 as the youngest member of a renowned family of sculptors from Lower Franconia. Following an old family tradition, he initially studied as a wood and stone sculptor, refining his technical skills before finding his true passion in abstraction and the medium steel, in the tradition of his great role model Eduardo Chillida.

Grimm has been working as a freelance sculptor since 1985 and lectures at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. Many of his works can be found in public spaces in and around Würzburg. Over the course of a decade, Kurt Grimm has developed his own formal language, which releases aesthetic potential through the deconstruction and reconstruction of simple geometric basic forms. This juxtaposition of formal rigor and playful lightness lends his sculptures an aura of timeless beauty.

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