Paul Neagu: Nine Catalytic Stations

Institute Study Day
31st October 2012

Paul Neagu, drawing, 1987. Henry Moore Institute Archive

Paul Neagu

Courtesy Henry Moore Institute Archive.


The Henry Moore Institute has been researching the artistic practice of Paul Neagu (b. Bucharest, 1938, d. London, 2004) over the last fifteen years. In 2000 the artist and the Generative Arts Trust donated a number of drawings to the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection, which is managed in partnership with the Henry Moore Institute; in 2002 the collection purchased two maquettes for his 'Starhead' sculptures and archival material; his work was included in the displays Sculpture on Paper (2004, selected by Claude Heath) and Drawing on Sculpture: Graphic Interventions on the Photographic Surface (2007); and, most recently, we showed 'Palpable Object (Mosaic)' in United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, reproducing his 1969 'Palpable Art Manifesto' in the exhibition catalogue and showing Cake Man Event and Hyphen Ramp - 88 Riots at The Serpentine as part of the film programme which accompanied the exhibition.

Although an important contributor to the production of sculpture in Britain, Neagu's work has received little critical attention. This Study Day draws together artists, academics, writers and curators to discuss his work as a part of our research towards a solo exhibition of the artist's work in autumn 2014. Speakers include art historian Mel Gooding, who interviewed the artist for National Life Stories: Artists Lives (a copy of which is available in our Research Library), artist and curators Peter Lewis, Ileana Pintilie and Magda Radu.

This workshop was prompted by the donation by the Paul Neagu Estate of a series of significant works from Neagu¹s 'Nine Catalytic Stations' body of work to the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection.


Ileana Pintile, "Paul Neagu and the generative art"

Mel Gooding, "Nine Catalytic Stations: Neagu's British work in context"

Peter Lewis, "The Generative art of Paul Neagu: Object as Catalyst" 

Magda Radu, "A Contextualisation of Paul Neagu's Early Works: from Neagu's Boxes to the Palpable Art Manifesto"

Tickets: £5/£3 concessions.