Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA (1924 - 2005) was one of the most inventive British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War. Although best known as a sculptor, he worked in an extensive variety of materials including ceramics, collage, drawing, film, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, and even the decoration of Tottenham Court Road Underground station.
Eduardo Paolozzi, Real Gold, 1949, Printed papers on paper, Tate, Presented by the artist 1995 © The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation
This retrospective explores the central importance of collage as both a working process and an approach to bringing together disparate sources of inspiration, from Paolozzi's iconic images cut from the pages of American magazines, to his robotic sculptures expressing man's relationship with technology. It features over 150 works from across his career, including early sculptures influenced by continental Surrealism, his textiles for Hammer Prints Ltd. and Horrockses Fashions in the 1950s, his innovative screenprints that made an important contribution to British Pop Art, ceramics designed for Wedgwood and Rosenthal, and maquettes for his later public commissions.
The exhibition features loans from a range of private and public collections including Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection and Tate, and draws upon Pallant House Gallery's substantial collection of the artist's work, much of which was donated by the artist's lifelong friend and patron the architect Colin St John Wilson.
The exhibition has been curated by Simon Martin, Head of Collections and Exhibitions, and is accompanied by a programme of talks, tours and workshops. An illustrated 128 page catalogue is available from the Pallant Bookshop.
The exhibition has been made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme. Pallant House Gallery would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.
To coincide with Pallant House Gallery's retrospective exhibition, the Cass Sculpture Foundation is showing a complementary display called Eduardo Paolozzi: Sculpting History. This exhibition features some of the artist's most important mid and large-scale works in materials such as bronze, plaster, aluminium and steel. Spanning across a period of more than half a century, these works explore the changing modernist, abstract and pop-art styles and concerns of Paolozzi's work.