Rudolf Kämmer

Kinetic Art, Op Art. Lived and worked near Munich.

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Rudolf Kämmer uses a strictly constructive concrete design vocabulary.  Since the end of the 1950s, Kämmer has developed his ideas rendering basic geometric forms on graph paper with mathematical precision, while his colors make his works glow and lift them up to an emotionally experienceable state of existence. 

In 1961, Kämmer belonged to the ‘Neue Tendenzen’ movement, led by Almir Mavignier at first, which united many European artists or groups of artists that devoted themselves, in accordance with the spirit of the 1960s, to art based on structures and screens, Light Art, Kinetic Art and Op Art. Structures, screens, Superzeichen (super-signs), progressions – are the main motives of Rudolf Kämmer’s comprehensive oeuvre. He challenges our cognitive ability with his canvases and object paintings made of wood. Depending on the incidence of light, or the position of the viewer, the impact of his works changes immensely. 

Rudolf Kämmer (1935 – 2019) studied at the Academies of Fine Arts in Dresden and Leipzig before coming to Munich to study painting with Prof. Ernst Geitlinger from 1957 – 1964. His works are present in numerous German museums – Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Kunsthaus Rehau and Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung Munich.  


  • 1957 – 1964 Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig with Prof. Elisabeth Voigt and Wolfgang Mattheuer
  • 1961 Member of the ‘Nove Tendencije’ Artist Group
  • 1957 – 1964
  • 1983 Founding member of Ernst Geitlinger Society e.V.

Exhibitions Selected

  • 1961 Nove Tendencije, Zagreb (YU)
    Große Kunstausstellung, Haus der Kunst Munich (GER)
  • 1962 Group de Recherche d’Art Visuel, Paris (FR)
  • 1963 Gallery Cadario, Milan (IT)
  • 1964 German Artist Association, Berlin (GE)
  • 1965 Nove Tendencije III, Zagreb (YU)
  • 1968 Public Eye, Kunsthaus Essen (GER)
  • 1970 Goethe Institut Ahtens (GRC)
  • 2001 Kunsthaus Rehau, Collection E. Gomringer
  • 2007 Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren (GER)
  • 2008 ZKM Karlsruhe (GER)
  • 2009 Galeriehaus Schumacher, Zwingenberg (GER)
    Edwin Scharff Museum, Neu-Ulm (GER)
  • 2015 Galerie Dürr, Munich (GER)
  • 2018 Kulturspeicher Würzburg (GER)
  • 2020 Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt (GER), solo exhibition
    Optical Paintings, Quittenbaum Gallery (GER)