Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02156 First Sketch for a Monument for an Institute of Physics and Mathematics 1919

Inscribed in cyrillic 'N. Gabo.. 19/Noyabr' b.r. The last word is unclear, but appears to be 'Noyabr', that is 'November'
Pencil on tracing paper with serrated left edge, irregular, 13 x 9 (33 x 23)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-June 1965 (t7); Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (54); Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (54); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (54); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (114); Naum Gabo, Tate Gallery, March-April 1966 (73) as 'First Sketch for the Monument of Physics and Mathematics'; Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, November 1976-January 1977 (16)

This project was never realised on a large scale, but Gabo later made a model 61cm high in 1925, in glass and bronze, which belongs to Mrs Miriam Gabo (repr. Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, London 1957, pl.29). It differs from this design in a number of respects. The drawing also has some similarity to his 'Monument for an Observatory' for which a model in plastic, metal and wood 35.5cm high was made in 1922, but which no longer exists (repr. Read and Martin, op. cit., pl.20).

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.233-4, reproduced p.233