Klaus Rinke forged his reputation as a leader of the avant-garde in Germany, using his own body as a measure of space and time and a metaphor for mortality.
Later he extended this metaphor to include water: ladling water from the Rhine and all the oceans of the world. He was nicknamed Aquarius as a result.
An esteemed art educator, he taught for decades at the Düsseldorf Academy before taking up a stint at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he explored the phenomenon of duration with scientists and philosophers.
Rinke visited Australia for the first time in the late '70s and was moved to begin a series of dense drawings of amorphous organic forms that he called his pre-embryonic diary.
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.