Elmar Träbert Bochum
Art Work produced at "Musisches Zentrum der RUB"


Since 1996, I have taken up sculpture and dappled with wood, Ytong (TM) (an artificial lightweight stone for building), "Tuff" stone and lime stone, using the workshop at Musisches Zentrum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Section/Bereich "Bildende Kunst" Some of the results star outside our house (it is easier to dress a house with gargoyles than to maintain it ...). Take a tour by clicking on the tags!


The (fairly complete) chronological record below is partly illustrated. More pictures may be found via the topical selections farther down.

Vintage samples by year

2017 2016

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

2000 1996 - 1999


Samples from Selected Categories

Stony-faced characters (The Ytong collection)


Wooden heads and things
or the same sorted by decade:
Wooden heads and things produced in the first five years (1997 to 2001)
Wooden heads and things produced in the years 2002 to 2006
Wooden heads and things produced in the years 2007 to 2011
Wooden heads and things produced in the years 2012 to 2016
Forward to Wooden heads and things produced in the years 2017 to 2021


Heavy stones (hard and heavy)


African influences

Diversity from a single tree


Ausstellungen / Exhibitions

Participation in the (usually) annual "Überblick" survey show of the arts workshop of MZ, from December 2001 to February 2002.

Salzlöffelmaske / Salt spoon mask
(Foto: H. Träbert 2003)

Special event (for me): from mid January to early May 2003, much of my wood work (some 32 pieces), two Ytong figures, and two tuff stone sculptures went on display in the foyer showcases and the arts workshop of Musisches Zentrum.

Pictures from the (informal) 2003 exhibition

"Hand" and "Dragon"

Heinrich H. Koch (Bereichsleiter Bildende Kunst im Musischen Zentrum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum / Section Head of the Arts Workshop):
"Er spielt mit den Anregungen der klassischen Moderne." (gemeint sind die afrikanischen und ozeanischen Artefakte, die zu Beginn des 20. Jhdts. von europäischen Künstlern endlich auch als Kunstwerke wahrgenommen wurden)
("He toys with motifs that have instigated classical modern art.")

Grosse Bogenkopffigur (Eiche) / Tall archy-headed figure (oak)
(Photo: H. Träbert 2003)

Hoher Eierkopf auf Schwung / Twister

Participation in the (usually) annual "Überblick" survey show of the arts workshop of MZ, from mid December 2003 to February 2004.

Participation in the MZ exhibition "Rückblick" (Dec 2004 - Feb 2005)

Participation in the MZ exhibition "Rückblick" (Dec 2005 - Apr 2006)

On the cover of the British Shakespeare Association's journal "Shakespeare", Vol. 1 (2005) appears a photo of Elmar's wooden sculpture of this name.
(Photo by H. Träbert)
This event is being celebrated by a few more Shakespearean actors on stage:

Participation in the MZ exhibition "Rückblick" (Dec 2006 - Apr 2007)

Participation in the joint group exhibition "As You Like It" at MZ, Jan - May 2009

Exhibition (together with Reza Ghafariha) "Formen schreiben - Formen finden"
("Writing shapes - finding shapes")
in the year in which Bochum is part of the European Cultural Capital:
15 April - 23 July 2010 at Musisches Zentrum (slightly modified, the exhibition ran on through November)
To the official page via "Ausstellung im SS 2010" on the "MZ Bildende Kunst" home page
Or have a look via my own pages.

On the web, the arts page "Es ist Kunst" (set up by Romaine Desbordes) shows samples of my work.

Exhibition of some 20 sculptures and graphics as well as themed photo selections at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, USA (Marcg 2011 ff)

A selection of my sculptures is being shown in a group exhibition (Jul 2012 - Jan 2013) at the occasion of H. H. Koch's end of term as MZ arts section head.

From the winter semester 2013/14 for a year, the Bochum university library (UB RUB) shows a sizeable selection (at times some 77 pieces) of my sculptures under the title "Köpfe zwischen Büchern / Heads among books".

Impressions from the exhibition at the university library

There also is an official library page on the exhibition.

Satellite exhibition at the "Blue Square" building of the university in downtown Bochum from mid December 2013 to late February 2014.
(Foto: H. Träbert)

From December 2014 to March 2015, the Verbundbibliothek GA, the joint library of four fields in two faculties in the humanities at the university (RUB), hosts an exhibition "BücherKöpfeSkulpturenVerbund" that has been derived from the earlier exhibition in the central library, but is augmented to a half by new pieces.The initially 72 pieces are distributed over all five levels of the library. Einladung / Invitation
Eventually the Ytong gargoyles become a semi-permanent decoration of the library, while many of the other works remain as a 'living' display with occasional changes. By mid 2017, there are more than 140 pieces on display.

From late January to April 2015, the Arts section of the Musisches Zentrum stages an exhibition on "Humans and Landscape", with mostly graphics, and with my little "Thoughtful" figure.

Participation in the MZ exhibition "Überblick" (Dec 2016 - Mar 2017)
Fire regulations by now forbid the display of combustible materials (such as wood ... which bans most of the output of the sculpting workshop from the show) in the usual exhibition space in the MZ lobby. Under this rule, one wooden figure is set up being wrapped in aluminium foil (secured by wire) as a fire protective measure.
(Note on fire regulations: escape routes have to be 1.2 m wide or wider. Most of the lobby spaces are MUCH wider than this. Nevertheless even barely combustible materials have been banned, and all display boards and picture frames exchanged for metal-only versions.)

In Spring of 2017, the dead elm East of the Unicenter is being reshaped into the HuMu figure. For context and pictures, see The elm tree story or Diversity from a single tree.

Are you possibly interested in acquiring a piece? Just ask and let us talk about that!

Unless noted otherwise, the ©opyright to all pictures shown here resides with E. Träbert

Personal references
E.T. (Photo by H. Träbert 2003)
Elmar Träbert home page

Träbert Family Arts Page
Updated: 23 Aug 2017