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"Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic"
2000-07-13 until 2000-09-17
Force Fields redefines the ‘language of movement’ in twentieth century art. The development of new scientific theories, from Einstein to the Big Bang, has had a profound effect on our understanding of the physical world. This exhibition explores the rich but largely uncharted territory of relative motion, space and time, invisible energies and cosmic dimensions, in the work of over 40 pioneering artists, from Alexander Calder, László Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Duchamp to Jean Tinguely, Takis and Gordon Matta-Clark. Force Fields opens at the Hayward Gallery in July.
Over 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations and films made by artists from the 1920s to the early 1980s have been brought together by the exhibition’s curator Guy Brett. Among the seminal works in the show are Calder’s early mobiles, Duchamp’s virtual vision machine,Rotary Glass Plates and Moholy-Nagy’s apparatus for creating an environment of dynamic light projections, the Light Space Modulator. There is also a rare chance to see the extraordinary late paintings and plexiglas sculptures of Georges Vantongerloo, inspired by the cosmos.
The exhibition includes the anarchical machines of Tinguely, Lygia Clark’s interactive Abyss Masks, Yves Klein’s paintings made with fire, Hans Haacke’s early installations with water, air and vapour, the microcosmic watercolours of Wols, Henri Michaux’s Mescaline Drawings, the vibration paintings of Jesús Soto, David Medalla’s Mud Machine, and the abstract films of James Whitney.
The exhibition provides a revelatory insight into the fields of artistic experiment throughout the last century. It makes new and often surprising connections between diverse tendencies, with works of mesmerising beauty and elegant wit. Many are rarely seen in today’s museums and gallery and others are specially reconstructed for the exhibition.
Force Fields is organised by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), in association with the Hayward Gallery, London. The exhibition is accompanied y a fully-illustrated catalogue, featuring essays by Guy Brett and Mark Nash, an illustrated chronology and an anthology of artists’ texts.
THE ARTISTS IN FORCE FIELDS:
Gerhard Von Graevenitz
dom sylvester houédard
Julio Le Parc
Jesús Rafael Soto
Len Lye Blade 1962-1967
Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Photo: Richard Haughton