Paul Neagu gallery discussion

Institute Gallery Discussion
16th September 2015
The Henry Moore Institute, 2-4pm

Charles Hewlings
Poem for Paul Neagu

Read by Matthew Perry as part of the gallery discussion centred around the exhibition Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture

Ⓒ Charles Hewlings

The Romanian born artist Paul Neagu (1938-2004) demanded sculpture be appreciated by all five senses. This summer we celebrate multi-sensory encounters with sculpture, presenting over 120 works by Neagu across four of our gallery spaces. The exhibition includes sculptures, drawings, films, texts and archival material, much of which has never previously been exhibited.

Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture shows a selection of work spanning 1968 to 1986, closing when he created 'Nine Catalytic Stations', a sculpture summarising his complex philosophical ideas. Our selection encompasses tactile boxes and edible sculptures, performances and fictional collaborators, objects and drawings.

In his performances Neagu sought to defy gravity, while his works on paper are simultaneously preparatory works, documentation, assimilation and artworks. In his sculptures Neagu created systems of thought based on his understanding of the human body as a simple container, with his exhibitions conceived as dialogues and experiments.

Joining Lisa Le Feuvre (Head of Sculpture Studies) and Jon Wood (Research Curator) of the Henry Moore Institute in discussing the major exhibition Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture are artists Matthew Perry and Peter Lewis.

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