Robert Klippel Make It New
Portrait of a sculptor
Featherstone Productions | ISBN 9333767001951
Runtime: 54 minutes
Number of disks: 1
DVD region: ALL
A profile of Australia's greatest sculptor Robert Klippel. Filmed at his waterfront home and studio in Sydney this documentary provides a rare insight into the life and work of a man who was one of the most significant sculptors of his generation and who until the making of this film had retreated from the public gaze.
Via dramatisation, the film traces Klippel's career from a small boy interested in model ships to a major sculptor who was exhibited in London, Paris and New York where he achieved some recognition. But critics had difficulty coming to terms with his confronting non-figurative junk-metal sculptures.
In retrospect he was considered ahead of his time. Klippel returned to Sydney where he retreated to his home and studio and remained wonderfully productive creating some of his best works right up to his death in 2001.