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Rudolf Belling

Berlin 1886-1972 Krailling near Munich

Rudolf Belling was first trained as a craftsman. He founded his own workshop for stage props and in parallel attended courses in artistic anatomy by Prof. Hans Virchow. He then studied sculpture at the Art Academy Berlin-Charlottenburg. In 1919 Belling was one of the co-founders of the ‘November Group’, then a member of the ‘Work Council for Art’. The sculpture ‘Dreiklang’ (Triad) placed him among the international avant-garde. In 1937 he emigrated to Istanbul, where he had a chair at the Academy of Fine Arts, then changed to Technical University, where he taught architecture for many years. At the age of 80 he returned to Germany, where he received the the Grand Cross of Merit with Star. One of his best known works is the ‘Flower Motif (Debris Flower)’ on the Olympiaberg in Munich.

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