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Palpable Sculpture: Paul Neagu
The exhibition shows a selection of work spanning 1968 to 1986, closing when he created ‘Nine Catalytic Stations’, a sculpture summarising his complex philosophical ideas. The 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.
Paul Neagu (1938-2004) graduated his visual arts studies in Bucharest. In 1970, he moved to London, where he presented solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Neagu was also an inspirational teacher, mentoring some of Britain’s most successful sculptors, including Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread.
The project is set up by the Henry Moore Institute with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London and the Estate of Paul Neagu.