Naum GaboConstruction in Space: Diagonal 1921-5, reassembled 1986

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Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Construction in Space: Diagonal
Date 1921-5, reassembled 1986
MediumGlass, metal and celluloid
Dimensionsobject: 610 x 163 x 160 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1995
Not on display


By 1921 Gabo had moved away from figuration to pure abstraction. In the Realistic Manifesto, published in Moscow in 1920, he and his brother Antoine Pevsner announced a new form of art based on space and time. It was, they claimed, an affirmative response to the new world order that had emerged over the last twenty years. They argued that the radical disturbance of old certainties in the sciences (particularly physics), in society (for example the Great War and the Russian Revolution) and in art (notably Cubism and Futurism), had so weakened established perceptions of reality that a new model was needed for understanding existence… (read more)

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