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Robert Klippel, c. 1990

Rosemary Madigan

pastel on paper (sheet: 76.1 cm x 56.1 cm)

Robert Klippel (1920-2001) is one of Australia's most important contemporary sculptors, known especially for his innovative 'junk' sculpture. Klippel began making models of ships and planes agter serving in the navy and later experimented with welded metal sculpture made from discarded machine parts, which he began exhibition in Sydney in 1963. He was appointed AO in 1998.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020
© Rosemary Madigan/Copyright Agency, 2021

Robert Klippel, 1979 David Moore

Listen: Robert Klippel

In their own words

Recorded 1965

Accession number: 2020.36

Currently on display: Gallery Eight (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)

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Rosemary Madigan (age 64 in 1990)

Robert Klippel AO (age 70 in 1990)

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Visual arts and crafts

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Robert Klippel, 1979 David Moore
Robert Klippel, 1979 David Moore
Robert Klippel, 1979 David Moore
Robert Klippel, 1979 David Moore

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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.