Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi - Camera, 1978-79Camera, 1978-79
Iron
nine parts, 114 x 505 x 535 cm
Munich, Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

As a member of the Independent Group, Scottish-Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi (*1924 Leith, GB; †2005 London, GB) led the way for the pop art movement in England. His heterogeneous body of work, which began with collages incorporating references to mass culture and includes an album cover and the entrance to a London Underground station, has a very clear central theme: making art part of daily life. Paolozzi achieves this by borrowing from other styles such as surrealism and "art brut" and developing an affinity for technology, which increasingly dominates everyday social life. The public sculptures he started creating in the early 1960s engage with this trend, and comprise multiple modules reminiscent of machine parts, industrially manufactured from precast moulds. In "Camera" (1978/79), a typical piece from this era, the open arrangement of the individual elements provides a space equally suited to relaxation and play. When looked at from above, the hard edges blur and the modules melt into an amorphous structure that nestles among the vegetation. Designed as a climber for children to play on and to be viewed from an aerial perspective, Paolozzi's "Camera" is the perfect balance between an articulate and coherent sculpture and a democratic piece of art that welcomes contact.

Eduardo Paolozzi - Camera, 1978-79Camera, 1978-79
Iron
nine parts, 114 x 505 x 535 cm
Munich, Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016



Eduardo Paolozzi - Camera, 1978-79Camera, 1978-79
Iron
nine parts, 114 x 505 x 535 cm
Munich, Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016



Eduardo Paolozzi - Camera, 1978-79Camera, 1978-79
Iron
nine parts, 114 x 505 x 535 cm
Munich, Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016



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