Naum Gabo First Sketch for a Monument for an Institute of Physics and Mathematics 1919

Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
First Sketch for a Monument for an Institute of Physics and Mathematics
Date 1919
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 330 x 229 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02156
Not on display

Display caption

These sketches are for works both realised and unrealised. Sketch (1917) is reminiscent of several reliefs made in the 1920s, and has been compared to Gabo's 1925 Model for 'Rotating Fountain' (on display here). Sketch (1918-19) is for a relief that would have been composed of intersecting planes protruding from a wall or reaching across a corner. Gabo's aim to make a public art that could play a role in the new society promised by the Russian Revolution is reflected by First Sketch for a Monument¿(1919) Sketch for a Kinetic Construction (1922) demonstrates his radical introduction of real movement to articulate space.

August 2004

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