Robert KLIPPEL, Number 157, the tower Enlarge 1 /1


Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia 1920 – Sydney, Australia 2001

  • England, France 1947-50
  • USA 1957-63, 1966-67

Number 157, the tower [Opus 157] 1963 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, brazed and welded steel construct, found objects, extruded sections

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: 149.0 h x 44.5 w x 18.0 d cm ; weight 15.25
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.1347

Local resistance to modern art was more deeply entrenched than commonly believed. When the Art Gallery of Western Australia purchased Robert Klippel’s ‘junk sculpture’ Opus no. 197 metal construction 1965 it caused public outrage. The original work is too fragile to travel, however, The Tower, Opus no. 157 1963 from the National Gallery of Australia collection has a similar spidery presence with delicate strands of metal carving thin lines in space.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra