Future for Estate of Noted Berlin Sculptor Fritz Kühn Secured in Eleventh Hour

Strausberger Platz, Fritz Kühn, Schwebender Ring (1967) Photo: Martin Püschel
Strausberger Platz, Fritz Kühn, Schwebender Ring (1967) Photo: Martin Püschel

The family of sculptor Fritz Kühn has secured a future home for his estate in the final moments before being evicted from his long held studio complex on the Bohnsdorf district of Berlin. No institutions within his home town had the capacity to take on the number of large, metal sculptures, often intended as public art. However, the Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung e.V. (IRS), located just across the state border in Brandenburg, stepped in at the last possible moment.

While not a household name internationally, Fritz Kühn’s sculpture and public art is a fixture of the Berlin landscape. Most prominently, his Schwebender Ring (1967, above) stands in the center of Strausberger Platz’s fountain on the communist, utopian vision that is Karl-Marx-Allee. Other works include an installation of linden tree leaves at the Polish embassy, completed in 1966, and a 1955 wall sculpture at Berlin’s Deutsche Theater.

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