EDUARDO PAOLOZZI (1924 - 2005)
Among Paolozzi's best known pieces are his works for public places, such as the design of Tottenham Court Road Tube Station with its coloured mosaics, the realisation of the Rheingarten project in Cologne and the cast iron sculpture 'Piscator' in Euston Square.
Paolozzi spent the years between 1947 and 1949 in Paris, where he got to know Arp, Brancusi, Giacometti and Léger and dealt with Surrealism as well as 'art brut'. Paolozzi was co-founder of the "Independent Group" in London in 1952/53, which discussed thoughts of including trivial culture and that way gave decisive impulses for the development of English Pop-Art.
His early sculptures of the late 1950s were totem-like archetypes of the age of technology in the form of plump robots. Paolozzi's work changed radically in 1961 when he began using prefabricated aluminium and brass casting moulds. The demonic element was replaced by a homage to modern machines and technology.
Paolozzi was not only a sculptor; he also produced graphic art and pottery, made films, was a successful writer and taught textiles various design institutions. In 1989 he received the accolade. Since 1999 the main part of his work and his library as well as a reconstruction of his studio are shown at the Dean Gallery, which belongs to the Scottish National Gallery.
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